This isn't as bad as one might expect. Brooke Shields as Dale Gordon, a leggy little rich girl attempting to fulfil her dead daddy's dream by winning a trans-Sahara car race, is bound to attract some cheap jokes. Yet although an ugly crier and an indifferent actress, Shields throws herself into the part with gusto, doing many of her own stunts and suggesting that, given the right script, she would work real hard to be more than just a pretty face. But this isn't the right script, and everyone is just a pretty face, including Lambert Wilson as the dashing sheik who takes her in his strong arms. McLaglen marshals his desert scenery well, and the plot almost manages to hold one's attention much of the time. It really isn't as bad as one might expect; but then expectations raised by this sand-strewn romantic adventure, inspired by the Prime Minister's son driving a fast car into the middle of Africa and getting lost, barely reached ankle height.