Death of a Princess (1980)

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A journalist investigates a newspaper story of the execution of an Arab princess.



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Credited cast:
Sawsan Badr ...
Princess (as Suzanne Abou Taleb)
Christopher Ryder
Elsa Gruber
Samir Sabri ...
Elie Salhawi
Ismet Raafat ...
The Old Princess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Collins ...
British Diplomat
Steve Jackson
Zia Mohyeddin ...
Marwan Shaheen
Nimet Naguib ...
School teacher
Mohammed Tawfik ...
The Old Prince (as Mohammed Tewfik)


A journalist investigates a newspaper story of the execution of an Arab princess.

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Docudrama of the July 1977 execution of Princess Mishaal bint Fahd bin Mohammed and her adulterous lover Khalid Mahallal. See more »


Referenced in Yes Minister: The Moral Dimension (1982) See more »


Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Courtesy of Northern Songs Ltd./ATV Music
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Should be shown again, twice a week!
13 April 2003 | by (East Sussex, UK) – See all my reviews

A wonderful and deeply affecting film which is sadly still just as relevant as when it was made. The story highlights just one of the many gaping, cavernous differences in attitudes to women between our supposedly civilised selves and other parts of the world. The extreme reaction of the Saudis to the programme at the time indicates just how much of a sore nerve was touched, and since we insist on continuing to interact economically with this regime (sound familiar?) it is high time we exercised some consumer power as this seems to work much better than (for instance) military might. With the freedom to broadcast which we allegedly enjoy it is unforgivable that this has not been repeated as many times as necessary until the situation changes in this part of the world.

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