Black Gold

November 23rd, 2011







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Plot
Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.6/10 (615 voted)

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stars: Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas

Storyline
Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.

Writers: Menno Meyjes, Jean-Jacques Annaud

Cast:
Tahar Rahim - Prince Auda
Mark Strong - Sultan Amar
Antonio Banderas - Emir Nesib
Freida Pinto - Princess Leyla
Riz Ahmed - Ali
Jamal Awar - Companion Khoz Ahmed
Lotfi Dziri - Sheikh of Bani Sirri
Eriq Ebouaney - Hassan Dakhil
Mostafa Gaafar - Khoz Ahmed
Akin Gazi - Saleeh
Ziad Ghaoui - Theologian
Corey Johnson - Thurkettle
Liya Kebede - Aicha
Driss Roukhe - Magroof
Jan Uddin - Ibn Idriss



Details

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Release Date: 23 November 2011

Filming Locations: Empire Studios, Latrach, Tunisia

Box Office Details

Budget: €40,000,000(estimated)



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User Review

Great film

Rating: 8/10

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law (plot), it is the highest budget Arabian related film since LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) and was one of the most anticipated film events in the international film community this season, despite the hype, however, the film was met with mixed reviews after the press screening and premier. Expectations were high and while many were left dissatisfied, others rated it a smashing success as it apparently followed the book to a tee, I have not read the book so perhaps I am missing something, but being that I have seen a number of impressive films of late that were made for under the $1 million mark, BLACK GOLD felt like a significant letdown with its $55 million production price-tag and lackluster deliverance.

The highlight of the film was a fantastic performance by lead role Tahar Rahim (A PROPHET, 2009), his soulful eyes and magnetic vulnerability can work in any film whether speaking or just looking into the camera sans dialogue. Mark Strong also plays a great bearded royal Arabian Sultan Amar, even though he speaks with a distinguishable British accent. The roles that threw the film off were those of Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto. It is almost impossible to watch Banderas play Bedouin Sheik Nassib without constantly being reminded that he is, in fact, Antonio Banderas. Freida Pinto lends the film her stunning Indian looks as Princess Leyla, but unfortunately her dialogue consists of cliché one-liners that might have saved the movie if not uttered; of course bad film writing is bad writing however delivered.

4/5









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