Lumet was famed for his ability to tease the best out of his actors, and this war drama starring a Bond-era Sean Connery was no exception, with both director and actor skilfully making you forget the star's superspy baggage.
In fact, there are several similarities to be drawn with
12 Angry Men
. The setting, a military prison camp in the Libyan desert, may be a little more open than the jurors' quarters, but there's an iconoclastic protagonist portrayed by a powerful lead, swelteringly oppressive heat, and vivid black-and-white photography.
And like the earlier movie, this involving effort makes for thoroughly exhausting viewing.