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Queen of the Desert (2015)

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A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Gertrude Bell
James Franco ... Henry Cadogan
Robert Pattinson ... T.E. Lawrence
Damian Lewis ... Richard Wylie
Jay Abdo ... Fattuh
Jenny Agutter ... Florance Bell
David Calder ... Hugh Bell
Christopher Fulford ... Winston Churchill
Nick Waring Nick Waring ... Sir Mark Sykes
Holly Earl ... Florence Lascelles
Mark Lewis Jones ... Lascelles
Beth Goddard ... Aunt Lascelles
Michael Jenn ... Thompson
William Ellis ... Early of Chester
John Wark ... Arnold Runcie
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A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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Rated PG-13 for brief nudity and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Star Nicole Kidman appears in every scene of the film, save for the opening scene. See more »

Goofs

Gertrude became Oriental Secretary in 1917, not 1915 as shown here. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sir Mark Sykes: [stadning at a map] Assuming become Ottoman Empire finally becomes defunct, Russia would get the Dardanelles, the portion closest to them, and the Italians the islands off the mainland.
Winston Churchill: And the French had no problem with that?
Charles Doughty-Wylie: The French have a problem with anything. That's their nature.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are shown over footage of sand blowing across the desert. See more »

Alternate Versions

A new cut with a running time of 110 minutes was presented at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov.8 2015. The original version, which premiered in Feb. 2015 at the Berlinale and was released in some countries, has a running time of 128 minutes. See more »

Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Min Dira-L Dira
Written by Jay Abdo
Performed by Jay Abdo and Paul Paragon
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A beautiful experience
3 February 2016 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a British woman who travels around Arabia to understand the life in the vast desert. She is undeterred by dangers of war, gangs and thieves.

The last Warner Herzog film I watched was over ten years ago, and I did not enjoy the experience. "Queen of the Desert", fortunately, is way better than I expected it to be. The scenery of the desert is mesmerising, while the people it portrays are very interesting and very different from the Western civilisation. Cinematography is beautiful, and the film is hence a pleasant experience to watch. I also like the romance between Gertrude and the two gentlemen. It is rather unfortunate that her life is not rewarded with happiness on the romantic aspect. I enjoyed watching this film.


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Country:

USA | Morocco

Language:

English | Arabic | Turkish | French

Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,592,853
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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