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Destiny (1997)

Al-massir (original title)
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 »

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Youssef Chahine
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nour El-Sherif ... Averroes (as Nour El Cherif)
Hani Salama ... Abdellah
Mahmood Hemaidah ... Al Mansour, The Caliph (as Mahmoud Hemeida)
Layla Olwi
Safia El Emari Safia El Emari ... Averroes' Wife (as Safia El Emary)
Mohamed Mounir Mohamed Mounir ... The Bard
Khaled Nabawy ... Nasser, The Crown Prince (as Khaled El Nabaoui)
Seif Abdelrahman ... The Caliph's Brother (as Seif Abdel Rahman)
Abdalla Mahmoud ... Borhan
Rogeena Rogeena ... Salma
Ahmed Fouad Selim Ahmed Fouad Selim ... Cheikh Riad
Magdy Edris Magdy Edris ... Emir of the Sect (as Magdi Idris)
Ahmed Moukhtar Ahmed Moukhtar ... Bard
Sherifa Maher Sherifa Maher ... Manuella's Mother
Rayek Azzab Rayek Azzab ... El Razi
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Storyline

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 not liked by everyone. The caliph's political rivals, centered around the leader of a fanatical Islamic sect, force the caliph to send Averroes into exile, but his ideas keep on living thanks to his students. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France | Egypt

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Gilles, Gard, France See more »

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Dolby | Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview actor Nour El-Sherif stated that the role of Ibn Roshd was supposed to be played by director Youssef Chahine himself, but Nour told him that he was not suitable for the role. See more »

Quotes

Caliph's brother: Thoughts have wings. No one can prevent them from flying.
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Featured in Humbert Balsan, producteur rebelle (2006) See more »

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Alli sotak
Performed by Mohamed Mounir
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A great film with many facettes
1 November 1999 | by manuel-23See all my reviews

A film which will probably find many emphatic spectators due to its many facettes: * You might like historic films - this one shows you live of Andalusia in the 12th century with rich costumes and great islamic buildings; * you might prefer deep content - this film offers insight in the philosophy of the great muslem thinker Averroes (Ibn-Rushed) and the question why people get seducted by sects; * you might be interested in action, love and happy-end - this film offers as a story the conspiracy against the caliph, and happily ends with two couples that found each other (though very sensitively shown, compared to occidental films); * you might generally be interested how other cultures do films - this is a great example of oriental (Egyptian) cinema, which is close enough to be understood be occidental people; * you might like to follow personal development of the characters shown in the film - this one gives you insight in the development of the caliph's two sons: from "take all easy" to "use your own head to think". *** This film can be highly recommended !!! ***


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