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Day of the Falcon -- After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms (Antonio Banderas and Mark Strong) reluctantly agree to peace.  But when oil is discovered in the land, war is re-ignited.
Day of the Falcon -- Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.
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Day of the Falcon -- Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.


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  (in credits order)

Tahar Rahim ... Prince Auda

Antonio Banderas ... Emir Nesib

Mark Strong ... Sultan Amar

Freida Pinto ... Princess Leyla

Riz Ahmed ... Ali

Liya Kebede ... Aicha

Corey Johnson ... Thurkettle

Akin Gazi ... Saleh

Eriq Ebouaney ... Hassan Dakhil

Lotfi Dziri ... Sheikh Beni Sirri

Jan Uddin ... Ibn Idriss
Hichem Rostom ... Nesibi Colonel
Taoufik Ayeb ... Sergeant Talib

Mostafa Gaafar ... Khoz Ahmed
Driss Roukhe ... Magrouf
Ali Bennor ... Doctor of Law
Raouf Ben Amor ... His Majesty's Theologian
Jamil Joudi ... Theologian with Thick Glasses
Ramsi Lehner ... Fadlallah
Mohamed Ali Nahdi ... Young Doctor
Walid Nahdi ... Tariq
Med Kouka ... Sheikh Al Talebyn
Mahmoud Larnaout ... Sheikh Bani Sadr
Fethi Akkari ... Sheikh Bani Khalid / Venerable Theologian

Adriano Giannini ... Pilot
Abdelmajid Lakhal ... Old Imam
Mohammed Sassi Ghorbali ... Al Gloui
Tayeb Oueslati ... Taunting Theologian
Ziad Ghaoui ... Shortlegged Theologian
Abdellatif Kheireddine ... Lisping Theologian
Kaoutar Boudarraja ... Harem Woman 1 (as Kaouther Boudarraja)
Rania Gabsi ... Harem Woman 2
Abdellatif Bouallegue ... Bedouin Tracker 1
Helmi Dridi ... Young Theologian
Dalila Meftahi ... Lady in Waiting
Mourad Ben Nefla ... Khoz Ahmed's Companion 1

Jamal Awar ... Ahmed's Companion 2
Saifeddine Louati ... Khoz Ahmed's Companion 3
Med Sayari ... Saleh's Guard 1
Bechir Salhi ... Saleh's Guard 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abderrazek Abdessalem ... Askari Guard
Faycal Albaker ... Pigeon Handler 1
Mohammed Alibrahim ... Pigeon Guard II
Mondher Aouidet ... Bani Sadr Hostage
Sarah Aoussaji ... Leyla 11 years
Chedly Arfaoui ... Barbier
Salah Azadou ... Beni Sirri Warrior
Mohamed Hedi Bahri ... Litigant 1
Kamel Bouazizi ... Beni Sirri Messenger
Kamel Bouazizi ... Beni Sirri 2
Selim Ben Chaabane ... Auda 8 years
Sofian Chaari ... Occidental Sheikh
Pamela Djambou ... Bani Khaled Slave
Camel Driver ... Abderzak El Moustaghit
Yassine Ebdelli ... Bani Hah Hostage
Tahar Fattah ... Beni Sirri ADC
Mohamed Graia ... Auda's Driver
Tarick Hadouch ... Aide de Camp Colonel
Ahmed Hefiane ... Envoy
Ahmed Kahouech ... Auda 12 years
Nabil Karoui ... Western Businessman
Arbi Khmiri ... Farmer
Saad Ksiksi ... Al Talebyn Hostage
Stephane Linet ... Nesibi Machine Gunner
Hammadi Maaroufi ... Auda's Guard
Skander Mkaddem ... Saleh 12 years
Medhi Naji ... Bedouin Tracker 2
Adel Rabah ... Huissier
Arij Riahi ... Leyla 7 years
Hatem Ben Soltana ... Pigeon House Caretaker
Moncef Souissi ... Nesibi General
Myriam Toure ... Aniza Slave
Salah Zemzemi ... Askari Breeder
Abdelasselem Zorgani ... Aniza Breeder
Ghanem Zrelly ... Zamiri Gunman

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Writing credits
Menno Meyjes (screenplay)

Jean-Jacques Annaud (adaptation) &
Alain Godard (adaptation)

Hans Ruesch (novel "Arab")

Produced by
Tarak Ben Ammar .... producer
Naoufel Ben Youssef .... line producer
Xavier Castano .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marie Dreujou (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
Production Design by
Pierre Queffelean 
Art Direction by
Emma Pucci 
Set Decoration by
Fabienne Guillot 
Costume Design by
Sarah Ellis 
Makeup Department
Virginie Berland .... facial hair maker
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Amelie Grossier .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
François Pulliat .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Moez Ben Hassen .... first assistant director
Mathilde Cavillan .... first assistant director: pre-production
Yann Cuinet .... first assistant director
Bedis Khaldi .... second assistant director
Med Ali Mihoub .... second assistant director
Lassad Oueslati .... second assistant director
Marie Rolindes .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lilith Bekmezian .... assistant art director
Frederic Perrin Fredleew .... concept artist
Thierry Poulet .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Selim Azzazi .... supervising sound editor
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects recordist
Capucine Courau .... dialogue editor
Cedric Denooz .... sound effects editor
Jennie Evans .... adr supervisor
Nicolas Fioraso .... foley artist
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lee Herrick .... supervising adr editor
Adam Horley .... adr recordist
Rob Humpage .... adr assistant
Frédéric Le Louet .... supervising sound effects editor
Zied Mokaddem .... additional sound
Julien Perez .... sound re-recording mixer
Milos Stojanovic .... assistant adr editor
Bastian Gerner .... adr assistant editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Absi Anis .... special effects coordinator
Herbert Blank .... special effects
Wolfgang Higler .... special effects
Pascal Molina .... special effects animatronics supervisor
Uli Nefzer .... special effects supervisor
Michael Rudnik .... special effects technician
Jens Schmiedel .... special effects foreman
Thomas Thiele .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Etienne Allard .... digital compositor
Alain Bignet .... lead compositor
Cyrille Bonjean .... digital compositor
Lucie Bories .... lead compositor
Thibaut Breton .... visual effects artist
Emilien Breuillier .... visual effects (as Breuillier Emilien)
Eric Carme .... fx supervisor
Guillaume Carniato .... digital compositor
Anthony Charbonnier .... digital compositor
Bataille Damien .... visual effects
Benoit De Longlee .... cg supervisor
Thierry Delobel .... visual effects director
Ludivine Ducrocq .... production administration
Frederic Perrin Fredleew .... lead matte painter
Johann Frizon .... digital compositor
Philippe Frère .... senior digital compositor
Dorian Février .... visual effects
David Gourmaud .... visual effects editor
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Jeremy Guetta .... scanner operator
Mathieu Gérard .... digital effects technical director
Lubomir Jezo .... digital compositor
Marek Jezo .... digital compositor
Pacini Kevin .... visual effects editor
Aurelie Lajoux .... compositing supervisor
Charlotte Larive .... digital compositor
Julien Lasson .... digital compositor
Mathieu Legros .... digital compositor
Jean Philippe Martins .... CG cloth artist
Julien Martins .... digital compositor
Jean-Francois Michelas .... digital compositor
Selim Mondzie .... visual effects artist
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Fabienne Mouillac .... digital compositor
François Pellae .... credits designer
Elisa Pretta .... digital compositor
Alrik Prevel .... digital compositor
Simon-Pierre Puech .... digital compositor
Florence Putzola .... visual effects artist (as Putzola Florence)
Sebastien Rame .... digital compositor
Laurent Ripoll .... visual effects editor
Aurore Rousset .... visual effects artist
Abhishek Saikia .... title designer: main and end title sequence
David Sanchez .... digital compositor
Ken Shimizu .... visual effects
Niranjan Siva .... digital compositor
Olivier Tournayre .... digital compositor
Virginie Wintrebert .... visual effects coordinator
Charles Zoller .... digital compositor
Veronique Zylberfain .... digital matte painter
Lasfer Abdelghni .... stunt performer
Taieb Ajedig .... stunt performer
Abdelkebir Al Hayaj .... stunt performer
Faycal Attougui .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mohamed Attougui .... stunt performer
Joseph Beddelem .... stunt performer
Hami Belal .... stunt double: Tahar Rahim
Tarik Belmekki .... stunt performer : stunts
Tarik Belmeta .... stunt performer
Youssef El Hibaqui .... stunt performer
Benoît Fabre .... stunt performer
Hajjoujou Haijjoujou .... stunt performer (as Noureddine Haijjoujou)
Othman Ilyassa .... stunts
Gérard Lesage .... stunt performer
Philippe Losson .... stunt performer
Belal Mohamed .... stunt performer
Abderrazak El Moustaghit .... stunt performer
Francois Poirier .... stunt performer
Cedric Proust .... stunt coordinator
Matthew Simmons .... stunts
Mustapha Touki .... stunt performer
Mustapha Touki .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefano Biscaro .... technocrane technician
Arthur Chassaing .... second assistant camera
Denis Garnier .... first assistant camera
Susana Gomes .... director of photography: second unit
Susana Gomes .... first assistant camera
David Koskas .... still photographer
XD motion .... aerial camera systems
Jan Rubens .... camera operator
Jan Rubens .... steadicam operator
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisabeth Martirena .... break down artist
Céline Pelé .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Fabrice Blin .... colorist: dailies
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor
Jean-Baptiste Combette .... digital dailies
Céline Kélépikis .... additional editor
Fabien Pascal .... film colorist
Anita Roth .... first assistant editor
Charlotte Soyez .... assistant editor
Sarah Zaanoun .... assistant editor
Music Department
Fahad Al-Kubaisi .... musician: additional vocal solos
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Simon Franglen .... music arranger
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
James Horner .... musician: piano solos
James Horner .... orchestrator
Lewis Jones .... pro tools recordist
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
J.A.C. Redford .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Bruce White .... viola
Dhaffer Youssef .... musician: oud, vocal solos (as Dhafer Youssef)
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant (uncredited)
Paul Pritchard .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Other crew
Tanya Blumstein .... dialogue coach: Tahar Rahim
Jean-Jacques Boulben .... administrator
Maguy R. Cohen .... assistant: actor (as Maguy J.B. Cohen)
Essam Edriss .... language consultant
Natasha Gomes de Almeida .... script supervisor
Stéphane Linet .... armorer
Lauren Mekhael .... production financing
Tusilya Muthukumar .... production assistant
Joel Proust .... horse master
Rachid Sabitri .... adr loop group
Clément Tréhin-Lalanne .... assistant location manager

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Also Known As:
"Black Gold" - France (original title)
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Rated R for violence
130 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The film was shot in Tunisia and Qatar. The battle scenes were shot in the deserts of Qatar and took over four weeks to shoot.See more »
Prince Auda:God hates the things we do in His name. He hates that.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What a delight! My guilty pleasure of the year and I don't care who knows it., 4 September 2013
Author: socrates99 from Champaign, IL

I remember when Lawrence of Arabia came out, long ago. The most stunning things about it were Peter O'Toole, the haunting music, and the hard won shots of the desert. I would have traded it all to learn the details of desert warfare, but it failed to do more than offer a glimpse. Instead it wallowed in Lawrence's tortured mind to little purpose, creating a deeply dissatisfying movie. Now, years later, my antidote has come in the form of a real story, the kind I longed for as a kid, but seldom found.

If you consider the people of the Arabian desert savage, superstitious barbarians, you won't be able to enjoy this movie. But if you can suspend your prejudice long enough to be convinced, they do a fine job of conveying how a totally foreign and ancient culture can make more than a little sense in today's world.

Is it all fantasy, these unusually noble men with their deep distrust of western values? I doubt it. There are always ineffable things about a people's true dreams and character that have little to do with their actual history, that can only really be expressed in art. If I were Arab I'd be very happy to see a movie like this about how my forefathers reacted to the first oil wells and the riches they promised.

The lead, Tahar Rahim, is spot on as the bookish Prince Auda, turned fighter. His father Mark Strong as the Sultan Amar has some of the best lines and is a strong and welcome presence throughout. Antonio Banderas worked for me as Emir Nesib and I admire his entire career. There's no doubt in my mind he was fully committed to this movie though some apparently found his performance distracting; I did not. As others have pointed out, Freida Pinto and Liya Kebede, as the female leads, are both fairly wasted here though there's something true about how minor their roles are given this is mostly a story about change, war and father-son relations.

No, I might forever be labeled a low brow for writing this, but I enjoyed this film much more than I did the highly acclaimed Lawrence of Arabia. This is a far more earnest and effecting film and deserves a great deal more praise than it's likely to get in the west given our politics. That's truly a shame as we could use a little sympathy and insight into these people.

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