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West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Norway) See more »
In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Rami Doueiri ... Tarek Noueri
Naamar Sahli
Mohamad Chamas ... Omar (as Mouhidine Guerra)
Rola Al Amin ... May (as Rolande Amin)
Carmen Lebbos ... Hala Noueri - Tarek's mother (as Carmen Loubbos)
Joseph Bou Nassar ... Riad Noueri - Tarek' father (as Joseph Nassar)
Liliane Nemri ... Neighbor (as Liliane Nemry)
Leïla Karam ... Oum Walid - the madame (as Leila Karam)
Mahmoud Mabsout ... Hassan - the baker
Hassan Farhat ... Roadblock Militiaman
Fadi Abou Khalil ... Bakery Militiaman (as Fadi Abi Samra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abla Khoury
Aïda Sabra ... School Principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Ziad Doueiri 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ziad Doueiri  writer

Produced by
Bjørn Eivind Aarskog .... co-producer
Rachid Bouchareb .... producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Jacques Gale 
Film Editing by
Dominique Marcombe 
Production Design by
Hamze Nasrallah 
Production Management
Elie Adabachi .... production manager
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... sound
David Rit .... sound assistant
Thierry Sabatier .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Ronan Broudin .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Gus Khazaka .... grip
Music Department
John Bilezikjian .... musician: flute
Jeff Seitz .... music co-producer
Other crew
Delphine Régnier .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)" - France (original title)
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105 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

'Mohammad Chamas' who played Omar in the movie was discovered by accident. At one time while the crew was preparing the set and not having found an actor to play Omar, Mohammed was passing by and he had a fight with one of the crew members. The director noticed him and immediately asked him to play the character. After having lived in an orphanage most of his life, becoming a lead in a motion picture was an important change of pace.See more »
Anachronisms: In one scene when Tarek and Omar can't find May and sit down to talk, a Peugeot 505 appears in the background. Peugeot hadn't released their 505 model in 1975-76, the year at which the scene is supposed to happen.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Escape from Hell (1963)See more »
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
fiction, 13 May 2006
Author: pbassamgeagea from Lebanon

i have seen this movie, and i am a Lebanese. this movie is an alienation of history and is in no way related to the historical course that the Lebanese war took. it is not recommended to build a view of the Lebanese war, based on this movie. it describes the beginning of the war in a unilateral point of view and is one-sided. too bad the director couldn't make a better movie with the good plot he had. more historical reviews and interviewing many still-alive witnesses would have helped. the Lebanese haven't yet produced a movie about the war that meets their expectations, and the mere fact that the issue of the war is not yet solved amongst different communities make sit difficult to produce a movie about it now.

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