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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.

Director:

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

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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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 »

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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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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiere in Jordan took place in Wadi Rum, the location of the film and the area where the stars of the film live. The whole tribe came out to watch the film. 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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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Brothers
by Jerry Lane
© 2015 Jerry Lane / Al Dakheel, Inc.
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Deliberate pace and gorgeous filming add up to a winner
15 February 2015 | by SuzyCayenneSee all my reviews

This film is an excellent all-around package, as long as you're not overly addicted to slambang mindless Hollywood productions. The actors were every bit the characters they played, and the story makes you think about the issues of brotherhood, taking sides, growing up, the impact of colonialization on far-off lands.

The cinematography is gorgeous, spanning the North African landscapes in all their vastness, adding to the viewer's understanding of the isolation the tribal people lived with. (It also made me want to ride camels...) While this movie takes place in WWI, it is not a "war movie." Yes, there is a British soldier and an element of culture clash when he seeks help from young Theeb's brothers. But the story has much more to do with the character of the boy Theeb, the dilemma he finds himself in when trying to balance survival and loyalty, and the reminder that while empires fight their wars, local populations are far more concerned with going on with their lives.

While the movie is serious, I didn't it find it at all depressing. Thoughtful treatment, and pitch-perfect acting and direction.


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