R | | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
The character name, 'Kip', apparently was Michael Ondaatje's nickname at school. This was a reference to cooking oil stains on his exercise books which reminded the wags among his fellow pupils of kipper fish which were canned in such oil.
I fear Madox knows about us, he keeps mentioning Anna Karenina
Major Muller is wearing the rank insignia of SS-Standartenfuehrer, which is equivalent to full colonel.
Disclaimer in end credits: "While a number of the characters who appear in this film are based on historical figures, and while many of the areas described - such as the Cave of Swimmers and its surrounding desert - exist and were explored in the 1930s, it is important to stress that this story is a fiction and that the portraits of the characters who appear in it are fictional, as are some of the events and journeys."
English, German, Italian, Arabic
$278,439 (USA) (17 November 1996)
$78,651,430 (USA) (7 September 1997)
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