The Sheltering Sky (1990) Poster


Paul Bowles, author - and thinly disguised subject - of the autobiographical novel on which the film is based, said, "It should never have been filmed. The ending is idiotic and the rest is pretty bad." This quote comes from a rare interview that was part of the film Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998).
John Malkovich's character, Port Moresby, has the same name as the capital city of Papua New Guinea.
Natasha Richardson said she wrote Bernardo Bertolucci a long letter begging for the role of Kit.
Nicolas Roeg wanted desperately the chance to direct this film and reportedly very disappointed when he wasn't able to.
The last film of Jill Bennett.
Judy Davis has said the role of Kit is the one role she regretted losing. The following year she played a character partly based on Jane Bowles in Naked Lunch.
Ellen Barkin was considered for the role of Kit Moresby.
Annette Bening had been in negotiations for months with Bernardo Bertolucci for the role of Kit, a part that ultimately went to Debra Winger.
Middle film in Bernardo Bertolucci's "oriental trilogy", between The Last Emperor (1987) and Little Buddha (1993).
According to casting director Juliet Taylor, the original three leads in this movie would have been William Hurt, Melanie Griffith and Dennis Quaid, but for budgetary constraints were replaced with John Malkovich, Debra Winger and Campbell Scott.
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