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Black Gold (2011)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ibn Idriss
Hichem Rostom ...
Nesibi Colonel
Taoufik Ayeb ...
Sergeant Talib
Khoz Ahmed
Driss Roukhe ...


In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, in Arabia, Emir Nesib of Hobeika defeats Sultan Amar of Salma after years of war between their tribes and they make a peace treaty creating "The Yellow Belt", a large no man's land that would separate their lands and would not belong to neither of them. Further, Nesib demands the sons of Amar, Saleh and Auda, to be raised together with his children Tarik and Leyla by him in Hobeika as a guarantee of their agreement. Fifteen years later, representatives of the Texas Oil find oil in the Yellow Belt and the modern and liberal Emir Nesib sees the opportunity to improve and modernize the life of his tribe, building hospitals and schools, and the American Company begins the exploitation of the oil field, violating the peace pact. Nasib sends a representative to make an agreement with the fundamentalist Sultan Amar, but he does not accept the offer. Saleh decides to travel to Salma to talk to his father and kills his two companions, but he is ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Plot Keywords:

oil | arab | tribe | peace treaty | hostage | See All (30) »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe del desierto  »

Box Office


€40,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot in Tunisia and Qatar. The battle scenes were shot in the deserts of Qatar and took over four weeks to shoot. See more »


[first lines]
Emir Nesib: Here are my terms: All I want is your friendship.
Sultan Amar: And my sons.
Emir Nesib: Insurance for both of us. As long as they are uder my roof...
Sultan Amar: I cannot make war with you.
Emir Nesib: But the sword cuts both ways. We can't make war with you, either. Your sons will be our bond for peace.
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one of the best movies about Arabia since 'lawrence of Arabia'
6 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i was deeply moved and excited by this great movie. finally, there's a movie that told us how the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was built. this is a movie not only gave us great scenes of the desert, the people and one of the greatest fighting scene since 'lawrence of Arabia', but also gave us some great love romance between the two younger generations of the Saudi reigning tribes, their loyalty and their faith to each other during the turmoil time. there was also a beautiful romantic touch from that beautiful exquisite free-will young woman from the southern tribe, she not only saved the future king, helped him regaining the land but also left him with a forever nostalgic memory.

the casting did a great job signed up two great actors to play the foe against each other. the development of the young hostage son from a geeky bookworm nerd to a great man with a vision for its land and its future was also very well crafted.

too shame that the extremity of the strong belief of the Muslim religion didn't free that country but enslaved it later with tyranny and totalitarianism. but for this movie itself, this outcome was not what the screenplay and the director really wanted to portray in the first place. what they've tried to tell by this movie were love, loyalty, truthfulness and humanity before that black gold buried and suffocated the whole country's past and future. its later corrution and cruelty of the house of the saud were not included in what they wanted to tell in this particular movie.

this is a wonderful and fantastic film with great cinematography and sound track. an almost perfect romantic saga.

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