I know that I have an irrational affection for this movie, but I have a good reason for it. It made a strong impact on me as a child.
Watching it again, I really noticed how this is really just part one of a two part story. Such a shame that second film never got made. Would the whole endeavor have been better if it was David Lean shot it and not Donaldson? I dunno. I think Donaldson caught lightning in a bottle here. The weakest link is Mel Gibson’s performance, but they cut around it well and he does look damned good in states of undress.
Here’s what I thought the last time I watched it.