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Passion in the Desert (1997)

 -  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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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

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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Sensational!
25 January 1999 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

My opinions do not flow with the majority in most cases. I tend to lean toward the artsy, imaginative, and different. This movie was reminiscent of Frances Ford's "The Black Stallion" wherein a fantasy situation is created to showcase the beauty of a magnificent creature who's not readily available to view performing at its peak except on these multitudes of documentaries ala natural. Unlike those nature films, this offering utilizes the finest movie making techniques the industry has to offer fit for a diva creating one of the most sensual super stars (the cat) on the screen.

This fantasy depicting the love relationship that develops between a french soldier (he is very nice too) lost on the Egyptian desert and a female leopard he encounters when he chances upon an abandoned Egyptian temple is mesmerizing. I bought into it wholeheartedly. If you are the least bit open to fantasy and appreciate the grace, beauty, power and sensuality of the feline, you should enjoy it.

The only flaw in my book was the ending. It was a perfect set up for a Romeo and Juliet finale - that would have taken me over the top.


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