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The Sheltering Sky

138 min
Adventure | Drama | Romance
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Bernardo Bertolucci
Won Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 1990-12-12
Filming Locations: El Minzah Hotel, Tangier, Morocco
Budget: $25,000,000
Opening Weekend: $82,753 (USA) (12 December 1990)
Gross: $2,075,084 (USA)SEK 3,932,074 (Sweden)
Debra Winger
Kit Moresby
John Malkovich
Port Moresby
Campbell Scott
George Tunner
Jill Bennett
Mrs. Lyle
Timothy Spall
Eric Lyle
Eric Vu-An
Amina Annabi
Philippe Morier-Genoud
Captain Broussard
Sotigui Kouyaté
Abdelkader (as Sotigui Kouyate)
Tom Novembre
French Immigration Officer
Ben Smaïl
Smail (as Ben Smail)
Kamel Cherif
Ticket Seller
Mohammed Afifi
Mohamed (as Afifi Mohamed)
Brahim Oubana
Young Arab
Carolyn De Fonseca
Miss Ferry (as Carolyn de Fonseca)
Veronica Lazar
Rabea Tami
Blind Dancer
Samiri Menouer
Bus Driver (as Menouer Samiri)
Keltoum Alaoui
Woman in Hotel du Ksar
Mohamed Ixa
Caravan Leader
Ahmed Azoum
Young Tuareg
Alghabid Kanakan
Young Tuareg
Gambo Alkabous
Young Tuareg
Sidi Kasko
Young Tuareg
Azahra Attayoub
Belqassim's Wife
Maghnia Mohamed
Belqassim's Wife
Oumou Alghabid
Belqassim's Wife
Sidi Alkhadar
Little Sidi
Paul Bowles
Bit Part (uncredited)
Did you know?
Paul Bowles, author - and thinly disguised subject - of the autobiographical novel on which the film is based, said, "It should never have been filmed. The ending is idiotic and the rest is pretty bad." This quote comes from a rare interview that was part of the film Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998).
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Annette Bening had been in negotiations for months with Bernardo Bertolucci for the role of Kit, a part that ultimately went to Debra Winger.
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John Malkovich's character, Port Moresby, has the same name as the capital city of Papua New Guinea.
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During the final sequence, when Kit is back to the Grand Hotel and she is waiting in the car, she is wearing white shoes. But just after, when she escapes and is walking in the streets, she is using brown sandals.
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There is a moment when Port is with Kit in her room, she is sitting and he is caressing her belly. A good deal of pubic hair is notoriously visible, but immediately follows a closer shot in which she is completely covered.
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The crew is reflected in the bus window before Port bites his tongue.
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Kit Moresby: Oh, Tunner, stop trying to be interesting. On you it looks terrible. And you're too good-looking.
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Tunner: Do you and Port ever... share the same room?
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Kit Moresby: Other people's dreams are so dull.
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Photos from cast
Nicoletta Braschi
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