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The Sheltering Sky (1990)

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
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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...

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Adventure | Drama

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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)

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(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of films directed by Italian auteur director Bernardo Bertolucci that examined adult erotic themes. The pictures include Luna (1979), The Dreamers (2003), Stealing Beauty (1996), The Sheltering Sky (1990) and Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972). See more »

Goofs

There is a moment when Port is with Kit in her room, she is sitting and he is caressing her belly. A good deal of pubic hair is notoriously visible, but immediately follows a closer shot in which she is completely covered. 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

Referenced in Arizona Dream (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Amigo Mio, No
Written by José Manuel Caballero Bonald (as J. M. Caballero Bonald), Pedro Rivera, Juan Peña Lebrijano and Paco Cepero
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the challenge of adapting a movie after a book
19 December 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The Sheltering sky was considered a heavy book, heavy as importance, for the so called beat generation...so in my opinion, taking the story of Paul Bowles and adapting it to a movie was a real challenge...despite the simple storyline that everyone notices, the book/movie has deeper meanings...i watched the movie a lot of times and having read the book made me see better the B.Bertolucci hand...trying to create the place for actually an internal bleeding, a deep hurtful feeling, both Bowles and Bertolucci have to use the symbolism of the desert's vanity...and the inner searches go very well with the message of the traveler who refuses to be just a tourist, setting a line to separate the meaningful from the meaningless...READ the book and then be impressed by the adds that Bertolucci makes, just to give you a very personal approach... "You are so alone..."- a beautiful way to end the journey of Port, Kit and Tunner...


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