In a strife-torn Arab state, fanatical loyalists of a nationalist leader (Yul Brynner, The Buccaneer) attack a police van transporting him to prison and aid his escape into the deadly Arabian Desert. Escaping with him are fellow death row prisoners Huston (Jack Warden), a swashbuckling American who had embezzled a fortune from the Zahrain Oil Company and Tahar (Anthony Caruso), a sadistic maniac. Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause) plays a student who helps the fugitives flee the pursuing police in a stolen ambulance. This vintage adventure yarn features a special cameo appearance by James Mason (North by Northwest) and gorgeous widescreen cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Directed and Produced by Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure).