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Day of the Falcon ()

Black Gold (original title)
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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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Cast

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Prince Auda
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Emir Nesib
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Sultan Amar
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Princess Leyla
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Ali
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Aicha
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Thurkettle
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Saleh
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Hassan Dakhil
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Sheikh Beni Sirri
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Ibn Idriss
Hichem Rostom ...
Nesibi Colonel
Taoufik Ayeb ...
Sergeant Talib
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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
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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
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Young Theologian
Dalila Meftahi ...
Lady in Waiting
Mourad Ben Nefla ...
Khoz Ahmed's Companion 1
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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
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Mustapha
Faycal Albaker ...
Pigeon Handler 1
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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
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Envoy (as Ahmed Hefiane)
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

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Jean-Jacques Annaud

Written by

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Menno Meyjes ... (screenplay)
 
Jean-Jacques Annaud ... (adaptation) &
Alain Godard ... (adaptation)
 
Hans Ruesch ... (novel "Arab")

Produced by

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Tarak Ben Ammar ... producer
Naoufel Ben Youssef ... line producer
Xavier Castano ... executive producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Jean-Marie Dreujou ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Hervé Schneid

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Ahmed El Attar
Nevine El Ibiary

Production Design by

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Pierre Queffelean

Art Direction by

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Emma Pucci

Set Decoration by

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Fabienne Guillot

Costume Design by

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Sarah Ellis

Makeup Department

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Virginie Berland ... facial hair maker
Christophe Chabenet ... special makeup effects artist
Virginie Duranteau ... key hair stylist
Amelie Grossier ... special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Varujan Gumusel ... post-production manager
François Pulliat ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Lilith Bekmezian ... assistant art director
Frederic Perrin Fredleew ... concept artist
Thierry Poulet ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Vincent Arnardi ... re-recording mixer
Selim Azzazi ... supervising sound editor
Nicolas Becker ... foley artist / 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 ... re-recording mixer
Milos Stojanovic ... assistant adr editor
Bastian Gerner ... adr assistant editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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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
José Manuel Soldevilla ... post-production coordinator
Thomas Thiele ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Etienne Allard ... digital compositor
Damien Bataille ... visual effects
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
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
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
Kevin Pacini ... visual effects editor
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

Stunts

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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 / stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stefano Biscaro ... technocrane technician
Arthur Chassaing ... second assistant camera
Denis Garnier ... first assistant camera
Susana Gomes ... director of photography: second unit / first assistant camera
David Koskas ... still photographer
Amine Messadi ... assistant camera
XD motion ... aerial camera systems
Jan Rubens ... camera operator / steadicam operator
James Swanson ... aerial cinematographer

Casting Department

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Brendan Donnison ... voice casting
Ashiq Khan ... extras casting: Qatar
Hedi Triki ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elisabeth Martirena ... break down artist
Céline Pelé ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Faysal Methamem ... location manager
Clément Tréhin-Lalanne ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Fahad Al-Kubaisi ... musician: additional vocal solos
Dick Bernstein ... music editor
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Bob Bornstein ... music preparation
Simon Franglen ... music arranger
Vic Fraser ... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor / orchestral contractor
Jim Henrikson ... music editor
James Horner ... musician: piano solos / orchestrator
Lewis Jones ... pro tools recordist
Randy Kerber ... orchestrator
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
J.A.C. Redford ... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes ... music recordist / music scoring mixer
Bruce White ... musician: 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

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Hana Alhirsi-Evans ... operations manager: UK
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 ... continuity and script supervisor
Stéphane Linet ... armorer
Lauren Mekhael ... production financing
Tusilya Muthukumar ... production assistant
Joel Proust ... horse master
Rachid Sabitri ... adr loop group
Christian Skibinski ... online promotion: Germany (uncredited)

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, in Arabia, Emir Nesib of Hobeika defeats Sultan Amar of Salma after years of war between their tribes and they make a peace treaty creating "The Yellow Belt", a large no man's land that would separate their lands and would not belong to neither of them. Further, Nesib demands the sons of Amar, Saleh and Auda, to be raised together with his children Tarik and Leyla by him in Hobeika as a guarantee of their agreement. Fifteen years later, representatives of the Texas Oil find oil in the Yellow Belt and the modern and liberal Emir Nesib sees the opportunity to improve and modernize the life of his tribe, building hospitals and schools, and the American Company begins the exploitation of the oil field, violating the peace pact. Nasib sends a representative to make an agreement with the fundamentalist Sultan Amar, but he does not accept the offer. Saleh decides to travel to Salma to talk to his father and kills his two companions, but he is captured and murdered by Tarik. Prince Auda and Princess Leyla are in love with each other since they were children and they get married with the full permission of Nesib. Auda travels to Salma expecting to convince his father to associate to Nesib, but the conservative Amar does not accept the proposal and decides to fight against Nesib. Now, Prince Auda shall decide in which side he will pick and fight. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Black Thirst (France)
  • Or noir (France)
  • Il principe del deserto (Italy)
  • Day of the Falcon (United States)
  • Oro negro (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 130 min
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Budget EUR40,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Filming took place in Tunisia during the Jasmine Revolution that led to the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Filming finished on-schedule and on-budget with no interference. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Black Gold (2012). See more »
Soundtracks I'm Sitting On The Top of The World See more »
Quotes Prince Auda: God hates the things we do in His name. He hates that.
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