7.3/10
2,064
14 user 19 critic

Destiny (1997)

Al-massir (original title)
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:

Reviews
2 wins & 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: Najla Fathi, Ahmad Zaki, Farid Shawqi
Al-ard (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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, Tawfik El Deken
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
Al-mohager (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Youssra, Khaled Nabawy, Mahmood Hemaidah
El Akhar (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 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
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Egyptian movie deals with the issue of corruption in Egypt and the Egyptian police excesses, embodies all of this in the character of the police officer, "Hatem".

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
Stars: Khaled Saleh, Menna Shalabi, Youssef El Sherif
Kit Kat (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Sheikh Hosny is a blind man who lives with his old mother and his frustrated son in the Kit Kat neighborhood. His son Youssef dreams of going to Europe to find work, and has a relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Daoud Abdel Sayed
Stars: Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Sherif Mounir, Ayda Reyad
Cairo Station (1958)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Farid Shawqi, Hend Rostom, Youssef Chahine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director: Marwan Hamed
Stars: Adel Imam, Nour El-Sherif, Youssra
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A family man frustrated by the bureaucracies of the Egyptian public system as well as difficulties of life finds himself inadvertently accused of terrorism and decides to maintain this role... See full summary »

Director: Sharif Arafah
Stars: Adel Imam, Youssra, Kamal Al-Shennawi
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Yehia, an Egyptian director from Alexandria goes to New York where he is reunited with Ginger, a women he dated forty years ago.

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Mahmood Hemaidah, Ahmed Yehia, Youssra
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Averroes (as Nour El Cherif)
...
...
Al Mansour, The Caliph (as Mahmoud Hemeida)
Safia El Emari ...
Averroes' Wife (as Safia El Emary)
Mohamed Mounir ...
...
Nasser, The Crown Prince (as Khaled El Nabaoui)
...
The Caliph's Brother (as Seif Abdel Rahman)
...
Borhan
Rogena ...
Salma (as Régina)
Ahmed Fouad Selim ...
Cheikh Riad
Magdy Edris ...
Emir of the Sect (as Magdi Idris)
Ahmed Moukhtar ...
Bard
Sherifa Maher ...
Manuella's Mother
Rayek Azzab ...
El Razi
Edit

Storyline

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 not liked by everyone. The caliph's political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destiny  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of Egypt for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »

Quotes

Caliph's brother: Thoughts have wings. No one can prevent them from flying.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Humbert Balsan, producteur rebelle (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Alli sotak
Performed by Mohamed Mounir
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A sublime, colorful musical
11 November 1998 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie on tolerance. Chahine shows how the powers of dance, happiness and erudition oppose the dark forces of obscurantism and fanatism. Not only is the movie never rhetorically boring, but it is full of joy and music, making you feel like dancing ! This is definitely a masterpiece.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page