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Passion in the Desert (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  12 June 1998 (USA)
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Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Augustin Robert
Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis
Paul Meston ...
Bedouin Bride
Auda Mohammed Badoul ...
Shepherd Boy
Mohammed Ali ...
Medicine Man
Habis Hussein ...
Tasheen Kwalda ...
Ismael Al-Hamd ...
James Peck ...
Nicolas Sagalle ...
Abdul Latif Salazar ...


Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments and temples that are destroyed by French soldiers in acts of barbarism. During combat, Augustin and Jean-Michel are separated from their regiment, and they start wandering through the desert fighting for their life. In one of the canyons Augustin meets a leopard he names Simoom and a strange bond between them appears. Written by Anonymous

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jinn | napoleon | egypt | soldier | officer | See All (91) »


What nature divides, the spirit unites.


Adventure | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violence including some depictions of barbarism, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Simoom  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,358 (USA) (12 June 1998)


$249,682 (USA) (11 September 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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A leopard attacked Ben Daniels during filming, nearly breaking his neck. Daniels was saved by the leopard's trainer. See more »


The French soldiers fire a cannon at the sphinx. An explosion is shown with a shower of stone and dust from the face of the sphinx. 2 minutes later, Venture is shown drawing with the sphinx behind him visible and intact. See more »


Augustin Robert: You can't get lost in Egypt; there's The Nile, and there's the sea.
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Ollin Aragreed
Music by Hamza El Din
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Never thought they could make a decent movie of this story
11 June 2004 | by (Amarillo, Texas) – See all my reviews

I remember reading the original Balzac story in college French.

I remember Ken Nordine of WGN-TV in Chicago reading it as one of his late night shows.

Always loved the story but never believe they could or would make a movie of it. To my surprise they did and did it VERY well.

Few of any Balzac stories lend themselves to dramatization, which is unfortunate, and -cat lover that I am, I was always hoping it WOULD be filmed without a lot of Hollywood sexing up. This is as close to perfect conversion as could be done.

The theater of the mind is always better than what the eye can see, but this is as close as I think it can come to letting the imagination of reading meet the reality of seeing.

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