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The Sheltering Sky puts its talented stars at odds with a misguided and largely unsatisfying adaptation of potentially unfilmable source material. Read critic reviews

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An American couple (John Malkovich, Debra Winger) drift toward emptiness in postwar North Africa.

Cast & Crew

John Malkovich
Port Moresby
Debra Winger
Kit Moresby
Campbell Scott
George Tunner
Eric Vu-An
Belqassim
William Aldrich
Executive Producer
Richard Horowitz
Original Music
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Production Design
Gianni Silvestri
Production Design
Andrew Sanders
Art Direction
Abes Abdelkader
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Critic Reviews for The Sheltering Sky

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  • Dec 13, 2009
    More of an aesthetic venture than an actual filmic one. Deservedly praised for it's cinematography even if it is more than just reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia. Especially the gimmick of panning from right to left almost throughout the film to symbolize a journey. Some good performances makes it worthwhile, but ultimately too long. The last third is virtually without dialogue, and it didn't really capture me thoroughly so I gradually lost interest in where our characters went. Both geographically and psychologically.
    a z Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2008
    A painfully long movie...
    Audrey L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2008
    The worst!!! When its finally over you find yourself asking, how can so many talented people make something this pretentious and odious.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    Bertolucci's worst film. I would rather tear my eyes out than see this again.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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