"Nicely put, Ian. This set the benchmark for epic storytelling. It's sad that in this day and age of filmmaking that, directors can not embrace the meaning of "Epic". I know times have changed, but every time i see this picture, i am enraptured by the visuals and the articulate form of storytelling...That mirage scene has yet to be bettered.
What we have now in modern filmmaking are short cuts - sad, but true. This movie had it's visuals realised in a more tangent, practical way, that is sadly absent today...God forbid a remake is gestating inside some offensive bureaucratic film producer! Well, it is a possibility."