The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

Facts and Figures

Run time: 138 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 12th December 1990

Box Office Worldwide: $2.1M

Budget: $25M

Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Kit Moresby, as Port Moresby, as George Tunner, as Mrs Lyle, as Eric Lyle, Eric Vu-An as Belqassim, Amina Annabi as Mahrnia, as Capitaine Broussard, Sotigui Kouyaté as Abdelkader, as un officier français

The Sheltering Sky Review

Bertolucci's grand desert epic gets stuck in the sand right at the start. Its idling husband-wife leads practically assure us of that: They're headed to Africa -- to nowhere in particular -- to while away a year or two. They aren't tourists, they're travelers. But, are Debra Winger and John Malkovich actors you'd remotely associate with such a grand adventure? Or getting lost in "sensual" overload and the pleasures of the flesh? Winger as the concubine of an Arab traveler? The plot is so strange and absurd -- all to get to the point that the desert makes you crazy -- that we're left with nothing but staring at the dusty landscapes, which, as usual, Bertolucci has quite a knack with. Still, we've seen the lovely desert many times before in the movies, and those films have much better stories attached.