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Death of a Princess 

A journalist investigates a newspaper story of the execution of an Arab princess.


Antony Thomas




Episode credited cast:
Sawsan Badr Sawsan Badr ... Princess Mashael
Paul Freeman ... Christopher Ryder
Judy Parfitt ... Elsa Gruber
Samir Sabri Samir Sabri ... Elie Salhawi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Abdallah Mona Abdallah
Khadija Ali Ahmed Khadija Ali Ahmed
Nabil Al-Halafawy Nabil Al-Halafawy
Ehsan Almonthr Ehsan Almonthr ... Sonny
Nohair Amin Nohair Amin
Nabeel Ashkar Nabeel Ashkar
Geoffrey Collins Geoffrey Collins
Paul Copley ... Steve Jackson
Marwhan Djeddaoui Marwhan Djeddaoui
Rushdi El Mahdi Rushdi El Mahdi
Metawee Eweiss Metawee Eweiss


A journalist investigates a newspaper story of the execution of an Arab princess.

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UK | USA | Egypt


Arabic | English

Release Date:

19 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mort d'une princesse See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Did You Know?


This film won Paul Freeman his most famous role [as the French archaeologist René Belloq in the blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)] because Steven Spielberg had seen it. See more »


Referenced in Yes Minister: The Moral Dimension (1982) See more »


Written by Vangelis (uncredited)
Performed by Vangelis
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25 years later, I finally get to see it.
19 April 2005 | by grchardsonSee all my reviews

What struck me most was how little has changed, here and there. Twenty-five years ago I was living in Birmingham, AL. I was aware of the program only because of the ads against it and some mild coverage in the local press about the decision of the local PBS station's decision not to air the program. Apparently, there was enough Saudi money within our local community that put enough pressure on our own PBS station to pull the plug.

Anyway, the concepts and ideas in this presentation still stand the test of time. If anything, they foreshadow what has taken place all these years later. All faiths and religions are corrupted by fundamentalist interpretations. The MSM is even more vulnerable to corruption than that PBS affiliate was all those years ago.

One thing that has changed is that I am now a proud citizen of New York City and I finally got to see it on Frontline. I have to wonder if Birmingham was finally lucky as well.

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