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German Title: "Glühender Himmel"
Italian Title: "Il diamanti di montagni"
Alternative English Title: "Mountain of Diamonds"

Derek de Lint as "Lothar de la Rey"

Director - Jeannot Szwarc
Filmed in Italy, Malta
Produced by Laser Film S.r.
Based on the first book of The Courtneys of Africa Series, called The Burning Shore by Wilbur A Smith (1985)

The story is about Centaine De Thiry (played by Isabelle Gelinas), a young French aristocrat in the war torn area of northern France. A daring British aviator, Michael Courtney (played by Jason Connery) falls in love with Centaine but their happiness is short-lived and their dreams of living together in Africa are dashed when Michael dies in battle. Centaine, abandoned and destitute, is determined that the baby she carries will be born in Africa. Her passage to Cape Town is arranged by General Sean Courtney, Michael's uncle, but during the journey, a U-Boat torpedoes the ship and she is cast onto the shores of the Namibian Desert. Lothar de la Rey (played by Derek de Lint) falls in love with the shipwrecked Centaine but they later become rivals in South African society.


Isabelle Gelinas - "Centaine de Thiry"
Derek De Lint -"Lothar de la Rey"
John Savage -"Blaine Malcomess"
Jason Connery - "Michael Courteney"
Ernest Borgnine - "Ernie"
Marina Vlady - "Anna Stok"
Valerie Perrine - "Isabella"
Jean-Pierre Cassel - "Louis de Thiry"
Frank Finlay - "Garrick Courteney"
Jennifer Youngs - "Sarah"
Jenny Alpha, John Armstead, Achille Brugnini, Russel Case, Lorenzo Flaherty, Isaac George, Marc de Jonge, Andrea Prodan, Clive Riche, Del Russell, Bobby Rhodes, Marius Yelolo.


Cinematography - Sergio d'Offizi
Produced by Gerald Morin
Assistant Director - Malcolm Scerri-Ferrante
Art Director - Frank Vanorio.

Wilbur Smith - personal info and list of novels

If you live in Europe, check every once in awhile to see if "Glühender Himmel" is airing. It has aired before on SAT-1.

Thanks to Jan (Derek's older brother), and the for helping put together some missing pieces while I was sleuthing to figure out this particular took quite awhile to find out all the different titles it was known as!


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