Black Gold Poster

Release Date: 2011

R|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
In the early 20th century, an emir (Antonio Banderas) and a sultan (Mark Strong) fight over rights to oil exploration in the Arabian Peninsula.

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Liya Kebede, Corey Johnson, Akin Gazi

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Prima TV, Quinta Communications, France 2 Cinéma, Doha Film Institute, Carthago Films S.a.r.l.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Ambitious but very tedious and talkatively hackneyed, redeemed just a smidge by the money shots of a swarm of extras on horseback sweeping across the sands. show more

  • There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance. show more

  • There's undoubtedly a good film to be made out of the scramble for oil in the Arabian desert in the 1920s – but this, for all its herculean efforts, is not it. show more

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