The Sheltering Sky

In 1947, an American couple, Port and Kit Moresby, arrive in North Africa. A jaded musician, Port is looking to the desert for inspiration and a way to revive his failing marriage, while Kit, tired of their nomadic lifestyle, hopes for a miracle to rekindle their passion. As their paths cross and re-cross those of other travellers, the couple indulge in sexual adventures. But Port is determined to leave the modern world behind and they set out into the Sahara.


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  • Narrator Paul Bowles
  • Port Moresby John Malkovich
  • Kit Moresby Debra Winger
  • George Tunner Campbell Scott
  • Mrs Lyle Jill Bennett
  • Eric Lyle Timothy Spall
  • Belqassim Eric Vu-An
  • Mahrnia Amina Annabi
  • Captain Broussard Philippe Morier-Genoud
  • Abdelkader Sotigui Kouyate
  • Director Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Producer Jeremy Thomas
  • Writer Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Writer Mark Peploe