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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...

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

According to the New York Times, "Miss Bennett [English actress Jill Bennett] . . . died not long after the film was completed". See more »

Goofs

The crew is reflected in the bus window before Port bites his tongue. 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 The Player (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sheltering Sky Theme (Piano Version)
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
© & (P) 1990 Virgin Records
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A feast for the senses
5 November 2001 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's hard to understand why this film doesn't get better reviews. Yes of course it's a reflective arty film where evoking feelings is more important than narrative drive. The amount of nudity, though in keeping with the story, does perhaps hinder its being taken seriously by some.

Surely though it succeeds as well as any film has in painting a cinematic picture of the experience of being a stranger in a strange land? The cultural barriers, dissonances, language, the maze of similar streets - everything comes together to create the feeling of utter helplessness Kit experiences when she tries to get help for the ill Port. The confusing weird relationships, often only partially depicted in the film heighten the sense of being adrift in life.

Together with some of the best ever desert cinematography rivaling even Lawrence of Arabia, North African music, noises, characters and colors this film is a rich feast for the senses indeed. And what a wonderful final voice-over, one of the most deep and thought-provoking lines in all the movies.


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