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The Sheltering Sky (1990)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 12, 1990
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 3, 2002

Budget USD 25,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 18 minutes

Country UK, Italy

Studio Warner Brothers

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• The Sheltering Sky

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Genre: Drama, On The Road, Suspense, Psychodrama, Infidelity, Erotic, Marriage, Love Triangle

Plot: Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) are American artists and self-styled "travelers" (as opposed to tourists) exploring Saharan Africa. Their 10-year marriage is strained enough to be threatened by the presence of their boorish companion, Tunner (Campbell Scott), who has designs on Kit. The couple's restlessness, along with a kind of fascination with their own estrangement, keeps them moving further away from civilization and from infidelity. Port grows ill, however, and Kit finds herself alone in the desert, cut off from everything she knows. Director Bernardo Bertolucci and director of photography Vittorio Storaro fabulously capture the forbidding beauty of the Saharan locations, as well as Malkovich's brooding self-assurance and Winger's artless sexuality. The color schemes of red and blue serve the story of lovers who live on different emotional planes. Paul Bowles, the expatriate author whose semiautobiographical novel is the basis for the film, comments on the action as a narrator and one-man chorus. He warns Kit, and the viewer, that life is far more finite than one habitually imagines, and that the chance to put things right will not wait forever.

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 Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci
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 Written by
Paul Bowles
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Mark Peploe
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Debra Winger
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Campbell Scott
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Jill Bennett
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Eric Vu-An
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Amina Annabi
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 Music By
Richard Horowitz
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Ryuichi Sakamoto
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