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Day of the Falcon

HD   R Closed Captioning

Jean-Jacques Annaud

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About the Movie

To find peace after a long and bloody war, two kings declared a large piece of desert, the Yellow Belt, neutral territory, which neither king can claim. But when it is discovered that there is oil in the Yellow Belt, one king breaks the peace treaty and begins drilling for oil. Now, the kings are at war again and it is up to a young prince to find a way to bring peace, and prosperity, to the land.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 3.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance. – Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine, Feb 28, 2013

Rotten: It might look good but it's an anachronism that totally loses its way in the desert. Given the director's enthusiasm, Black Gold should have sparkled. – Film4, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: Black Gold feels like it could have been made in the 1950s; we have come to expect a little more from our blockbusters. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: Like a cool oasis, the end credits shimmer tantalisingly on the horizon throughout this punishingly tedious Arabian epic... – Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK), Feb 23, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Watch it you won't regret it

Brilliant movie. Had me hooked the entire time.


Why can't all movies today be like this?


The reviews on various retailers have to be rigged, because all of the critics pretty much hate this film, as did I. First off, I am a fan of Tahar Rahim and also really appreciate the work of Antonio Banderas, yet I found this film to be awful. I cannot stand watching a film where culture plays such a significant role, yet the director casts people who are completely wrong for the parts, not to mention do not fit the role culturally in any way shape or form. That element alone is completely distracting and just plain sloppy. This film was obviously 'trying' to be a big box office smash hit by casting 'name' stars who do not fit their roles at all. I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the film even though I tried twice to give it a chance.