Cinema: Six for Survival

Sands of the Kalahari. A hired plane crashes and burns in the wastes of South-West Africa. Out of the flaming wreckage crawl six survivors: five men and a woman. Their plight unknown, they face an ordeal by sun, sand, hunger, thirst and, as it turns out, sexual desire. Who will live? Who will die? Who will prove his strength, or weakness? And who will get the girl?

All such questions were answered satisfyingly in William Mulvihill's novel. Here they are spelled out according to the conventions of steam-heated movie melodrama, but the film still...

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