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Passion in the Desert (1997)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 12 June 1998 (USA)
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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Cast

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

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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What nature divides, the spirit unites.

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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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12 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Augustin Robert: You can't get lost in Egypt; there's The Nile, and there's the sea.
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Helalisa
Music by Hamza El Din
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An interspecies connection
29 December 1998 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a very strange film- I guess dehydration on the desert can cause someone to go slightly insane. Yet the leopard was beautiful and somehow connected with the soldier. There are stories about animals that befriend humans- the most famous is Incident at Hawks Hill by Eckert- where a badger protects a young boy- that is why Passion can be a believable movie. the cinematography is gorgeous and though the acting, not all that good, the leopard makes the story. Independent films like this give the audience a wider view of the filmmaking scene and this is a unique story set in a unique time. Worth a glance.


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