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In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

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Naji Abu Nowar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat ... Theeb (as Jacir Eid)
Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh ... The Stranger (as Hassan Mutlag)
Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen ... Hussein (as Hussein Salameh)
Jack Fox ... Edward
Marji Audeh Marji Audeh ... Marji
Hmood Ali Hmood Ali ... Sheikh
Abdul Aziz Mousa Abdul Aziz Mousa ... Suleiman
Baha Othman Baha Othman ... Mulazim
Baha Othman Baha Othman ... Mulazim
Ali Omayan Ali Omayan ... Revolt Commander
Aswad Gasem Aswad Gasem ... Revolt Officer
Ali Saleh Ali Saleh ... Revolter
Abdullah Atawi Abdullah Atawi ... Revolter
Suleiman Fraj Suleiman Fraj ... Revolter
Hisham Ahmand Hisham Ahmand ... Revolter
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In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

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A classic adventure film of the best kind


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Language:

Arabic | English | Turkish

Release Date:

19 March 2015 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

A sivatagon át See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,181, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$283,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$735,961
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Bassel Ghandour and director Naji Abu Nowar both spent a year living in the desert with the Bedouins to familiarize themselves with their customs and lifestyle. See more »

Quotes

Father: He who swims in the Red Sea cannot know its true deep, and not just any man, Theeb, can reach the seabed, my son. In questions of brotherhood, never refuse a guest. Be the right hand of the right when men make their stand. And if the wolves offer friendship, do not count no success; they will not stand beside you when you are facing death.
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Featured in The Oscars (2016) See more »

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The Wolf Theme
by Jerry Lane
© 2015 Jerry Lane / Al Dakheel, Inc.
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An "uncovered" before piece of drama..
21 March 2015 | by till2028See all my reviews

It is fascinating to watch a film that is covering areas that never ( or at least I never saw one ) been covered before in cinemas... this is a story of Bedouin boy who happen to be living in an era that played role on forming the world we live in right now, greatly put by the director who had the mainline of the story going with small hints on the side to the great events happening at the time... the child's POV is all about basic human feelings, needs and experience not related in any sense to anything happening in the world, while the narrative container of the subject is about a history in the making... stunning cinematography and location, sucks the viewer in the atmosphere and the surroundings.. and takes you to that place... great to have original language and accent, that is what I think is Mel Gibson's best qualities..

A bit of the story falls beyond reach in the middle, where I lost connection with the characters and the atmosphere... but a debut feature film is very promising in that sense...


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