7.2/10
8,471
38 user 106 critic
Trailer
1:21 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (HD) on Prime Video

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.

Director:

Naji Abu Nowar
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Timbuktu (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Omar (2013)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Stars: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani
Tanna (2015)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Stars: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.

Director: Amin Matalqa
Stars: Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan, Hussein Al-Sous
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra
Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar
Mustang (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Krigen (2015)
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A classic adventure film of the best kind


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

19 March 2015 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

A sivatagon át See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,181, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$283,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$735,961
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jacir Eid (Theeb) is from the same tribe as Awda abu Tayeh, a leader and hero of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Awda lived near the Hejaz Railway and raided the Turks around the same film locations in 1916. See more »

Quotes

Hussein: The strong eat the weak
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Oscars (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A Time for Darkness
by Jerry Lane
© 2015 Jerry Lane / Al Dakheel, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Felt Like A One Shot... credits POV Film-making
10 March 2015 | by fulrahulSee all my reviews

Set in the Ottoman province of Hijaz, in 1916, around the time of WWI. Really?? The only suggestion to a world war is when the foreigner says "we are in a war". Hussein (Hussein Salameh) and Theeb (Jacir Eid) are from a family of pilgrim guides. The arrival of the train now helps pilgrims reach Mecca ruining their chief source of income. When a Englishman comes to their clan's camp with a desert guide, rules of Bedouin hospitality force the family to send someone(Hussein) with two men to their destination, Theeb joins. It is a engrossing adventure tale of a young boy forced to grow up and survive in a desert full of bandits, untrustworthy adults. You immerse into the story and it feels like you are watching the adventure live in the desert from start to end thanks to the direction that shows the entire journey from Theeb's point-of-view, our curiosity matches that of Theeb, who heads out to follow his brother and the mysterious British officer. Events are surprising and gripping and take you in the opposite direction of what you are expecting. The stunning scenery and cinematography that helps suggests emotional state, struggles and coming-of-age of Theeb supported by a heart stopping score make this film a benchmark. This is a Must-watch one of a kind road journey where you root for Theeb as he looks for his road in the unending desert.


35 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 38 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed