7.8/10
1,632
8 user 24 critic

Cairo Station (1958)

Bab el hadid (original title)
Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(dialogue),
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams, which up to Hollywood and constraints of his life in the middle class trying to be a new ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Naglaa Fathy, Ahmed Zaki, Farid Shawqi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the middle of his own heart surgery, an Egyptian filmmaker remembers his life. In fact his old self, as a child, is accused of attempted murder of his new self. Through the metaphoric ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Oussama Nadir, Mohsen Mohieddin, Nour El-Sherif
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor.

Director: Henry Barakat
Stars: Faten Hamama, Ahmed Mazhar, Amina Rizk
Destiny (1997)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Laila Eloui
The Other (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Hanan Turk, Hani Salama, Nabila Ebeid
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Youssra, Youssef Chahine, Hussein Fahmy
The Land (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited.

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Hamdy Ahmed, Yehia Chahine, Ezzat El Alaili
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The film revolves around a young Ahmed, who works as an agronomist, and who returns to his village in the south of the valley, where his father works as Headmaster cultivation, Vinjeh in ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Faten Hamama, Omar Sharif, Zaki Rostom
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Hoda Soltan, Shukry Sarhan
The Mummy (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam
Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Ahmed Mazhar, Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Tewfik El Dekn
The Sin (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A poor peasant woman becomes a symbol of worker oppression in this somber social drama directed by Henri Barakat. Azziza (Faten Hamama) is brutally raped by a guard when she goes into the ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Barakat
Stars: Abdallah Gheith, Faten Hamama, Zaki Rostom
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farid Shawqi ...
Abu Siri (as Farid Chawki)
Hend Rostom ...
Hanuma (as Hind Rostom)
Youssef Chahine ...
Qinawi
Hassan el Baroudi ...
Madbouli (as H. el Baroudy)
Abdel Aziz Khalil ...
Abu Gaber
Naima Wasfy ...
Hallawatim (as Naima Wasfi)
Said Khalil
Abdel Ghani Nagdi
Loutfi El Hakim
Abdel Hamid Bodaoha
F. El Demerdache
Said El Araby
Ahmed Abaza
Hana Abdel Fattah
Safia Sarwat
Edit

Storyline

Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. While she treats Kinawi in a sympathetic way and jokes with him about a possible relationship, She is actually in love with Abu Sri', a strong and respected porter at the station who is struggling to unionize his fellow workers to combat their boss' exploitative and abusive treatment. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 January 1962 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Cairo Station  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Connections

Featured in Brows Held High: This Is Not a Film (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lot is happening at Cairo station.
4 November 2010 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is simply one fine movie because it follows a solid and involving story about simple characters, dealing with only seemingly small problems and frustrations.

This is actually a quite daring movie, from such a religious and strict country such as Egypt, especially for its time of course. Not that there is anything shocking in by any other standards but the main characters is a both mentally as physically handicapped one and the female lead is quite flirtatious and free-minded. Besides, the movie also casually has other themes such as female rights and abuse, not just toward women but also abuse from the bosses of the simple workers and denying them equal rights. But the movie is not preachy about any of these subjects at all and I like I said, it actually only handles it casually as the movie it's main story moves along. And the movie does move quite fast, which is not necessarily due to its pace but more because there is always something happening story-wise, with one of the many characters.

It's all being weaved in quite cleverly and effectively with its main story of the physically challenged peddler, who falls for the very attractive Hanuma, who is way more woman than he ever can handle. It's therefore also an already doomed love-story from the start and luckily the movie also doesn't have a fairy tale type of story.

It's a bit of an old fashioned done sort of movie, with also some unusual acting styles in it but this is what works quite refreshing at the same time. It's always interesting to compare movies from different continents, that got made during the same time period. Every country has its own strongly present culture present and also a different sort of film-making that goes along with it. This movie got made at the time period that is known as the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Many people don't seem to know this but during the '40's and '50's lots of worldwide critically acclaimed movies got made in Egypt, of which this movie is also one.

A great vivid movie, that follows a great story and has some solid characters in it.

8/10

http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
region 1 dvd mowgli_07
where can i find a copy? brodbrad
DIRECTV Channel 375 Link TV Hawkins0321
Showing Monday Oct 7 '13 on Turner Classic Movies 11:30PM EST elliotjames2
Discuss Cairo Station (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?