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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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Cast

Complete credited 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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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

The phrase uttered by Venture after he and Augustin realize they are lost (and says "We seemed to have misplaced the French army") is "mesh ma'ool" which is "unbelievable" in Arabic said in fairly good Egyptian dialect. 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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A beautiful Film
23 September 1999 | by (Manhattan) – See all my reviews

This movie is beautiful in all ways. It is visually stunning, and this is a good thing since the dialogue would only take up a page or two of paper. The acting is superb; it is subtle, passionate and intense. Ben Daniels does a fabulous job of turning himself into an animal, and mixing that wild nature with a man's overbearing passion and honor. There is not one flaw, not one mistake or wrong moment to be found anywhere. It is completely perfect, but only if you understand what you're going to experience. It isn't a movie for anyone who wants normality.


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