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Documentary: The Secret History Of Saddam’s Reach For Fame

Article By Alistair Reign. Aired in the UK, (July 24, 2016). Channel 4.

What Do Hollywood, Oliver Reed and Saddam Have in Common? I will give you a hint: It was NOT weapons of mass destruction. What it was, is a “Clash of Loyalties“, an Iraqi film funded by, and based on Saddam’s version of the country’s fight for freedom from Britain, and the resulting independence of Iraq after the First World War. Although, one co-star of the film DID recently declare: “Oliver Reed was a weapon of mass destruction.” 

The film was financed by Saddam Hussian, and filmed mainly at the Baghdad Film Studios in Baghdad’s Mansour neighbourhood, and on location at the Tigris-Euphrates marshlands, Babylon and Kut.

Clash Of Loyalties Official Movie Poster.

Clash Of Loyalties Official Movie Poster. Click to enlarge to full size.

What makes this story so riveting, is that the year was 1981 – during the height of the Iran–Iraq War.

British actors including Oliver Reed, James Bolam and Marc Sinden. James Montague tells the strange story

British actors including Oliver Reed, James Bolam and Marc Sinden. James Montague tells the strange story.

The film stars Oliver Reed as Gerard Leachman, Marc Sinden as Captain Dawson and Helen Ryan as Gertrude Bell, with a stirring score by Ron Goodwin.

Against all odds, the film was completed and produced. However, the movie industry had no interest in purchasing it; and today, it sits in the garage of the filmmaker; a pile of stacked up tin reels, rusty from time; a piece of history lost, and recently uncovered.

Watch this enthralling documentary on the making of Clash of Loyalties.

Will the movie ever be released? Time will tell.

I thoroughly enjoyed this video. Although it is not directly related to our blog’s mission, it is a peek into history, so I am sharing it with our viewers. Enjoy!

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