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West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)
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Director:
Writer:
Ziad Doueiri (writer)
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Release Date:
30 October 1998 (Norway) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great slice of history, but without a story to match See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"West Beyrouth (À l'abri les enfants)" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
'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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On 13 April 1975, while class is in session, Tarek watches the ambush of the bus from the balcony of his school in Christian-dominated East Beirut. 13 April 1975 was a Sunday. Schools in East Beirut are closed on Sundays.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bullitt (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bambi SaïdiSee more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Great slice of history, but without a story to match, 27 August 1999
Author: Figaro-6 from Toronto, Canada

I was glad to have seen this film, since it showed me a part of the world that I have never seen in such detail before. And despite having no first-hand knowledge of the country, I nonetheless felt there was an authenticity and sincerity about the film that appealed to me. I have heard that there are some inaccurate details, but "West Beyrouth" does not presume to explain any of the larger historical or political events. Rather, it wishes to communicate something of the experience of living in a world being torn apart by forces that can seem nearly incomprehensible by those caught between them. And in that goal, I felt the film enjoyed some success.

I was interested by all the characters as they were introduced, but as the film progresses most of them wind up going in circles, repeating themselves, or just standing idly by. The story, which starts out effectively, loses its narrative drive, and things muddle ahead until eventually the movie is over. I thought it was a shame that a film that so vividly evoked a place and time, could not offer a story of similar strength.

The performances are good, though, and there is some fine music by Stewart Copeland as well. "West Beyrouth" may function better as a glimpse into history than as an engrossing cinematic work, but I still felt it to be worthwhile viewing.

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