Monday, September 30, 2013

War in the Land of Egypt [المواطن: مصري] (Omar Sharif) - (1991)

War in the Land of Egypt [المواطن: مصري] (1991) - (Omar Sharif) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian promotional poster designed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour for the 1991 120-minute Salah Abouseif color film War in the Land of Egypt [al-mowaten: masri] starring Omar Sharif, based on the novel al-harb fi bar misr by Youssef El-Kaeed with screenplay by Mohsen Zayed and cinematography by Tarek El-Telmisany. Plot summary: In 1972 in an Egyptian village Abdel Zeraq al-Shershabi, a shrewd feudal mayor, recovered his farmland by court order after the lifting of a receivership. His young second wife threatened to tell people he had become sexually impotent if he did not prevent their only son Tawfiq from being drafted into the army along with his other children from his first wife. The mayor pressured an oppressed farm laborer named Abel Mawgud to have his son Masri, who was exempt from the draft, take the place of his son Tawfiq in the induction in exchange for the Mayor giving him the five feddans of he was farming, assigning him a special work crew and giving him a cash reward. Abdel Mawgud and his son agreed to this. Then Masri was killed in the October War, but he had already confessed the truth about what had happened to a recruiter named Hassan. The police were investigating the incident, but Abdel Mawgud denied being Masri's father out of fear of the Mayor's anger, who had only paid him 261 pounds and refused to give him the land he had promised.

Cast and crew: Omar Sharif, Achraf Abdel Baqi, Ezzat El Alaili, Safia El Emari, Salah Abouseif, Abdullah Mahmoud, Khaled Nabawy, Youssef El-Kaeed, Enaam Salousa, Hassan Hosny, Hanan Shawki, Ashraf Abdel Baqi, Rushdi El Mahdi, Lola Mohamed, Mohsen Zayed, Tarek El-Telmisany, Yousef al-Qa'eed, Al-Montaser Billah, Magdi Sobhi, Mohamed Al-Seba, Rushdi El Mahdi, Abol Fotouh Omara, Naim Esa, Lola Mohamed

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