MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 26,711 this week

Sleepless Nights (2003)
"Sahar el layaly" (original title)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  25 June 2003 (Egypt)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 943 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 4 critic

A strong controversial adult drama about troubles facing young married and non-married couples. The old friends are invited at Khaled's and Perry's daughter birthday. Moushira is married to... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10 titles
created 11 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1306 titles
created 18 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 308 titles
created 23 Apr 2014
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 56 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Sleepless Nights" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sleepless Nights (2003)

Sleepless Nights (2003) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sleepless Nights.
5 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Other (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Hanan Turk, Hani Salama, Nabila Ebeid
Teer enta (2009)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A nerdy vet gets help from a genie to catch the attention of the woman he loves.

Director: Ahmed El Guindi
Stars: Ahmed Mekky, Donia Samir Ghanem, Youssef Atef
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film story revolves around a taxi driver who has a son and a friend. His sons grandfather is fighting for the custody of the young boy after the death of his mother. The father wins the... See full summary »

Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Dina Fuad
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl seeks help in a stranger to convince her strict father she got married in secret so as not to be forced into and arranged marriage

Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Lotfy Labib, Menna Shalabi
Destiny (1997)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Laila Eloui
The Deal (2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A very serious and strict officer goes after a dangerous drug dealer, in an attempt to try and stop the drug and weapon dealing business in the area.

Director: Sandra Nashaat
Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Ahmed Ezz, Hanan Turk
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A personal tragedy brings a woman closer to a handful of trusted friends in this independent drama. Salma (Hanan Turk) is a middle-aged woman who has achieved success in her profession but ... See full summary »

Director: Hala Khalil
Stars: Hanan Turk, Hend Sabry, Menna Shalabi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sherif is an Egyptian petroleum engineer who works in Dubai for more than 20 years. He lives an empty life full of money and women. After a lot of relations with different kinds of women, ... See full summary »

Director: Amr Arafa
Stars: Adel Imam, Dalia El Behairy, Ahmed Rateb
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Choubra, cosmopolitan neighborhood of Cairo. Hatem, maggoty police officer, handles this neighborhood with an iron hand. Every single citizen fears and hates him. Only Nour, a young woman ... See full summary »

Directors: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
Stars: Khaled Saleh, Menna Shalabi, Youssef El Sherif
The Island (2007)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

'El Gezira' is a film about a community of Upper Egypt residents living in El Gezira (the Island). They have their own set of rules, ethics and traditions. They also plant drugs and buy ... See full summary »

Director: Sherif Arafa
Stars: Mahmoud Yassine, Ahmed el-Sakka, Hend Sabry
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif) and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Imam) are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts ... See full summary »

Director: Rami Imam
Stars: Adel Imam, Omar Sharif, Lebleba
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Morgan, who is an uneducated very rich man, is used to buy everything he wants. Now the one thing we wants is a college certificate which he seeks to buy.

Director: Ali Idrees
Stars: Adel Imam, Mervat Amin, Basma
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ahmed Helmy ...
Amr
Mona Zaki ...
Perry
Hanan Turk ...
Farah
Sherif Mounir ...
Sameh
Fathy Abdel Wahab ...
Khaled
...
Ali
Ola Ghanem ...
Inas
Gihan Fadel ...
Moshira
Samie Al-Adel ...
Hamed El Mahdi
Ragaa Al-Giddawy ...
Nawara (Farah's Mother) (as Raga El Geddaoui)
Entessar ...
Donia (The prostitute)
Ahmad Kamal ...
Moshira's Brother
A. Abdel Hadi ...
Farah's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmed Haroun ...
Adel Fouda
...
(voice)
Edit

Storyline

A strong controversial adult drama about troubles facing young married and non-married couples. The old friends are invited at Khaled's and Perry's daughter birthday. Moushira is married to Ali, Amr to Farah , and Sameh is having an affair with Inas. After the party all the problems explodes when Moushira tells Ali that he doesn't satisfy her sexually, Perry tells Amr about her discovery of his infidelity, Amr is jealous of Ali as Farah's ex-boyfriend and she is faces him with the fact that her rich family improved his standard. While Inas gives the choice to Sameh of either marrying or separating. Then everyone faces his problem trying to make decisions with the help of his/her friends. Written by Youssef Hisham

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 June 2003 (Egypt)  »

Also Known As:

Sleepless Nights  »

Box Office

Budget:

EGP 3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Egypt's 2003 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Controversial for the Arab world, boring for Europe.
4 December 2004 | by (Tallinn, Estonia) – See all my reviews

I just came from the Black Nights film festival here in Tallinn, where I had the chance to see "Sleepless Nights". First of all I was very eager to see it. As yesterday I talked to one of the actors - Khaled Abol Naga, playing Ali, he convinced me that its controversial and is a good example of new Egyptian cinema generation. The opening titles were OK, the first 10 minutes also, but what happened later, well, not my cup of tea. The first half of the movie seemed to me like an Mexican soap opera - the dialogues, acting and locations (mostly inside). The only good part there was Khaled playing Ali and that's it. The second part of the film changed the atmosphere...mainly because the guys went to the beach house. Still, all the time I could see through the characters and mostly I recognized actors trying to struggle.

When talking about the script itself, well, it was too long and with many "cheesy" elements, especially the ending...

The only good thing were some interesting camera shots.

The controversy...well, maybe for the Arab world. And respect for that! I don't know their culture very good, so I suppose they conceder this (braking up couples) controversial.

After the movie Khaled Abol Naga said that in Egypt they censor most of the movies. That means no sex, religion and so on. This could be a very good explanation why maybe in Europe and rest of the western world, this movie is nothing special.


6 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what do you think? i think it was great joe_poc
sex was needed in the movie amr2709
Amr Waked?? ahmed_a_yousif
What do u think about the ending?? someone80
Only about sex? no way! joe_poc
Balancing the rating aziznouh
Discuss Sleepless Nights (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?