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The Sheltering Sky (1990)

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The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kit Moresby
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Port Moresby
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George Tunner
Jill Bennett ...
Mrs. Lyle
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Eric Lyle
Eric Vu-An ...
Belqassim
Amina Annabi ...
Mahrnia
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
Captain Broussard
Sotigui Kouyaté ...
Abdelkader (as Sotigui Kouyate)
Tom Novembre ...
French Immigration Officer
Ben Smaïl ...
Smail (as Ben Smail)
Kamel Cherif ...
Ticket Seller
Mohammed Afifi ...
Mohamed (as Afifi Mohamed)
Brahim Oubana ...
Young Arab
Carolyn De Fonseca ...
Miss Ferry (as Carolyn de Fonseca)
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Storyline

The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travels aimless through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give new sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions leads both only deeper into despair. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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A woman's dangerous and erotic journey...

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

12 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Refugio para el amor  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,075,084 (USA)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, Doubleday publishers originally rejected the manuscript for source author Paul Bowles's novel "The Sheltering Sky" (1949), according to Bowles' biography "Without Stopping: An Autobiography" (1972). Bowles has said of this: "I sent it out to Doubleday and they refused it. They said "We asked for a novel." They didn't consider it a novel. I had to give back my advance. My agent told me later they called the editor on the carpet for having refused the book - only after they saw that it was selling fast. It only had to do with sales. They didn't bother to read it". See more »

Goofs

The crew is reflected in the mirror when Kit gets out of bed alone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Port Moresby: Well, terra firma.
Tunner: We're probably the first tourists they've had since the war.
Kit Moresby: Tunner, we're not tourists. We're travelers.
Tunner: Oh. What's the difference?
Port Moresby: A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Tunner.
Kit Moresby: Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.
Tunner: You mean *I'm* a tourist.
Kit Moresby: Yes, Tunner. And I'm half and half.
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Connections

References Stormy Waters (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Sharan Liwahdi
Written by Ahmed Rami and Riad Al Sunbati (as Riad el Soumbati)
Performed by Om Koultoum as (Om Kalsoum)
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Beautiful portrait of an American couple
4 July 1999 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Bernardo Bertolucci does not really make fast-paced movies, let's face it. But very often (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris, La Luna,) they're beautifully crafted character studies set in amazing landscapes. Bertolucci also handles his cast with great talent and the performances delivered by actors in his movies are always intense. Here Debra Winger is captivating, and aptly supported by John Malkovich and a strong supporting cast. The story slowly unfolds itself, and the nuances in the script, dialogue, cinematography and acting are splendid. The throughout subtle presence of Paul Bowles adds great melancholy. When I first saw it on the big screen, I left the theater in a state of total despair, because the characters are so miserable.


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