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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

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


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

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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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It's time to think Symbolically
28 March 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Passion in the Desert" (1998): Adapted from Balzac's novel, filmed on the AMAZING landscapes of Jordan, scored by Jose Nieto, filmed by Alexei Rodionov, and directed by Lavinia Currier, this is one seriously interesting, highly symbolic film. Napolean's soldiers are trying to cross the Sahara, with typical chauvinism to their imperial viewpoints. When two men become lost, all the old habits and rules are turned to cinders under the hot sun. THEN things get interesting… and not as linear or predictable as you will probably expect. Ben Daniels stars as the soldier whose spirit moves through many changes. DO think symbolically for this story. THAT is where the worthwhile meanings are found.

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