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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$34,358, 14 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$249,682, 13 September 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Director Lavinia Currier chose well trained animals that have had enough human interaction. However, precautions were still taken. See more »

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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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Ollin Aragreed
Music by Hamza El Din
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Mesmerized
1 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I recently stumbled across a TV showing of "Passion...." (having missed the opening scenes). Ms Currier in to be praised for having the vision and courage to bring such a strange de Balzac tale to the screen. I am grateful to the entire cast and crew for their parts in producing such a thoroughly fine motion picture. It must have been arduous shooting so many scenes in the desert. And I cannot comprehend how her trainer coaxed such a fine "performance" from the leopard, Simoon. (This adverture calls to mind another suspenseful adventure, "Naked Prey"). Why isn't this film more well-known?. Hope I can find it on video.


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