Day of the Falcon


Day of the Falcon

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Starring Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tahar Rahim (The Eagle), Day of the Falcon is a soaring epic of honor, greed, betrayal and love from award-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates). After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms reluctantly agree to end the fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is re-ignited. Now it is up to their children - young lovers who have married in hopes of bringing the families together - to find a way to end the violence and bring peace to the land. -- (C) Official Site

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Tahar Rahim
as Prince Auda
Antonio Banderas
as Emir Nesib
Mark Strong (II)
as Sultan Amar
Freida Pinto
as Princess Leyla
Corey Johnson
as Thurkettle
Akin Gazi
as Prince Saleeh
Lotfi Dziri
as Sheikh of the Beni Sirri
Jan Udon
as Ibn Idriss
Hichem Rostom
as Nesib Colonel
Driss Roukhe
as Magroof
Taoufik Ayeb
as Sergeant Talib
Mostafa Gaafar
as Khoz Ahmed
Eriq Ebouaney
as Hassan Dakhil
Ali Bennour
as Doctor of Law
Raouf Ben Amor
as His Majesty's Theologian
Jamil Joudi
as Theologian with Thick Glasses
Ramsi Lehner
as Fadlallah
Mohamed Ali Nahdi
as Young Doctor
Med Kouka
as Sheikh Al Talebyn
Mahmoud Larnaout
as Sheikh Bani Sadr
Fethi Akkari
as Sheikh Bani Khalid
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Critic Reviews for Day of the Falcon

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (24)

  • A far, far cry from "Lawrence of Arabia," but it has its diversions.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The real problem is that Black Gold is rather dull, and much too long for comfort.

    Feb 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Black Gold feels like it could have been made in the 1950s; we have come to expect a little more from our blockbusters.

    Feb 23, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A distinctly average adventure which has us wishing for more.

    Feb 23, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A movie that's fascinating in many respects, but doesn't really work as the lavish entertainment intended.

    Feb 21, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As poorly-conceived and shallow as any Hollywood 'epic' you will see this year, entirely devoid of any insight, tension or style.

    Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Day of the Falcon

  • May 21, 2015
    In "Day of the Falcon," Thurkette(Corey Johnson), an oil company scout, finds oil in the otherwise barren Arabian Desert. That comes as news to Emir Nesib(Antonio Banderas) who at first does not see what the big deal is. But once he does see the possibilities for modernization, he comes around. The only problem is the oil is in a no-man's land that Nesib agreed with Sultan Amar(Mark Strong) not to go near some years before. As historical fiction, "Day of the Falcon" fares pretty well in displaying an example of nation building with the help of a neat montage while also demonstrating how true it is that any new technology is applied first towards military and sex. But as drama, not so much. Not only is the movie heavily contrived but it seeks to use paper thin characters to desperately search for a middle way between rampant materialism and fanatic beliefs. It's sad because there might be a fourth way in taking a more environmental stance. When Nesib says all he needs is the air and the sun, he does have a point.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2013
    Not great, not horrible. I can't say it is a must see, but it will entertain. Those that gave the rave reviews must really love "the boy that becomes a hero" theme, despite a lack of deep character development that one would want from a movie like this. Mark Strong was good, as usual, though...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2013
    Day of the Falcon is one of the stranger period pieces in the past few years. It's a movie that is bad, interesting, dull, exciting, smart, and dumb. It's the cinematic definition of a mixed bag. Perhaps the greatest testament the film offers as to being a mixed bag is the acting. Antonio Banderas is not good. The protagonist toward the mid to late acts, Tahar Rahim, is serviceable, but not good. The other supporting cast are likewise serviceable, with Mark Strong being the only one of distinction. With his performance, the level of engagement he brings, we see what the film should have been. The actual composition of the film is impressive. It looks great, with fantastic world building, amazing cinematography, and conveying a realistic sense of early 20th century Saudi Arabia. The film's script is ambitious, encompassing a narrative with great ambitions. It does succeed in offering an interesting history of the time, from a uncharacteristically positive view of Islam and the Saudi powers. It achieves this, however, with often stilted dialogue, forced plot mechanisms, and a lack of nuance. The characters too often spell out what they are thinking, and, even with the film's positive depiction, they seem hypocritical and profoundly narrow and illogical in their mindset, which the film fails to acknowledge. The pace of the film starts of almost unbearably slow, with set-up that is unnecessary, unfocused, and all over the map as far as tone. That the film picks up considerable steam about the mid way point is its saving grace, becoming very engaging after that point. Overall, Day of the Falcon does enough right to warrant a watch for those fans of period pieces and history (perhaps not so much from an accuracy standpoint), but one that certainly does not live up to the lofty goals it sets for itself. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2013
    There's a title card near the beginning that states the story takes place in the early 20th century. Since it is no more specific than that, it is difficult to tell if it takes place in the 1920s or 1930s. I'm also not sure if any of it is based on historical events or if it is completely fictionalized. A bit more context could have helped. The various Arabic tribes are still not united, but how much time has passed since Lawrence and WWI? Annaud oversees a production with an international cast and crew. In the tradition of Lawrence of Arabia, Banderas, who is originally of Spanish decent, and Strong, who is English, play two Arabic sultans. Strong's Amar is religious and holds on to the traditional ways. Banderas's Nesib is willing to modernize with technology and is interested in becoming wealthy from recently discovered oil in a contested part of the desert. Let's back up. Amar's two sons are given to Nesib about a decade earlier as a kind of peace offering. The older son trying to escape once he has reached maturity and being killed in the process sets a renewed conflict in motion. Tahar Rahim as Prince Auda, the younger son, is really the main character. The movie is filled with characters and events, which are quite cliched, such as Auda wearing glasses to show he is a nerdy librarian and not a warrior, as well as Auda's star-crossed love of Princess Leyla (Pinto). Whenever Auda has a scene with his half-brother Ali though, their interactions are fascinating. Ali, a bastard son of Amar whose modern medical practices are at odds with orthodox Islam is excellently played by Riz Ahmed. Rahim plays the rare sympathetic and introspective character at the center of this war movie fairly well. It is a coming of age story with a few thrilling desert battles as Auda finds he has the skills to lead. Annaud continues to make these international co-productions with English dialog to hopefully benefit from English speaking film markets, however there are several lines, especially at the conclusion, which sound awkward. Between one Dutch and two French writers perhaps something is lost in translation.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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