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The Sheltering Sky (1990)

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The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kit Moresby
... Port Moresby
... George Tunner
Jill Bennett ... Mrs. Lyle
... Eric Lyle
Eric Vu-An ... Belqassim
... Mahrnia
Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Captain Broussard
... Abdelkader (as Sotigui Kouyate)
Tom Novembre ... French Immigration Officer
Ben Smaïl ... Smail (as Ben Smail)
Kamel Cherif ... Ticket Seller
Mohammed Afifi ... Mohamed (as Afifi Mohamed)
Brahim Oubana ... Young Arab
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Miss Ferry (as Carolyn de Fonseca)
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Storyline

The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travels aimless through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give new sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions leads both only deeper into despair. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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A woman's dangerous and erotic journey...

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

12 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Refugio para el amor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,753, 12 December 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,075,084
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The middle second film in auteur director Bernardo Bertolucci's "Oriental Trilogy" situated between The Last Emperor (1987) and Little Buddha (1993). See more »

Goofs

During the final sequence, when Kit is back to the Grand Hotel and she is waiting in the car, she is wearing white shoes. But just after, when she escapes and is walking in the streets, she is using brown sandals. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Port Moresby: Well, terra firma.
Tunner: We're probably the first tourists they've had since the war.
Kit Moresby: Tunner, we're not tourists. We're travelers.
Tunner: Oh. What's the difference?
Port Moresby: A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Tunner.
Kit Moresby: Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.
Tunner: You mean *I'm* a tourist.
Kit Moresby: Yes, Tunner. And I'm half and half.
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Featured in Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sheltering Sky Theme (Piano Version)
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
© & (P) 1990 Virgin Records
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Last Tango in Morocco
2 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Two post-WWII Manhattan sophisticates who travel to avoid standing still embark on a soul-searching expedition into the Sahara Desert, where the beautiful but desolate landscapes provide a mirror to their own troubled relationship. The film is nothing if not exotic, presenting some of the purest visions of the desert since Peter O'Toole first rode a camel in 'Lawrence of Arabia'. But the scenario works best when presented as an ethnic travelogue, ushering viewers into an utterly foreign world. The messy marital plot conflicts are, by comparison, all rather vague, especially after Debra Winger goes native in a Bedouin harem. The story never really finds an ending, because there isn't anything to resolve: the characters all exist in a (handsomely photographed) vacuum, and their motivations are even more mysterious than the Arab culture surrounding them. The intrusive (and, as usual, unnecessary) voice-over narration is by novelist Paul Bowles himself, briefly glimpsed in the film's opening scenes.


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