A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

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Sheik Ahmed (Valentino) desperately desires fiesty British socialite Diana (Ayres), so he abducts her and carries her off to his luxurious desert tent-palace. The free-spirited Diana recoils from his passionate embraces and yearns to be released. Only after being kidnapped by desert bandits does Diana realize how much she has grown to love Ahmed, who comes to her rescue in the nick of time. Written by E. Beck

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Was partial inspiration for the naming of Hollywood High School's sports teams as "The Sheiks", a name which persists to this day (2008). See more »

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Ahmed: Lie still, you little fool!
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Featured in The Young and the Dead (2000) See more »

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28 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is this film realistic? No. Does it support outdated stereotypes of Middle Eastern desert people? Yes. Is the storyline a little disturbing? Yes...it's about a woman falling in love with a man who abducts her and overpowers her. The film industry in the United States today would have a very difficult time getting this movie made, but the 1920s were a different time. This is a great movie to watch to see how much films have changed in less than a century. And this film is a must-see for anyone curious about Valentino and his legendary appeal. The acting is melodramatic, and Valentino is often laughable - not what we would consider irresistibly sexy today (to see better acting from Valentino, try the sequel, The Son of the Sheik). But even so, Valentino has charisma, and upstages all of his co-stars, playing a part that is both villain and romantic hero. I highly recommend it. Even if you aren't enthralled by Valentino or by what this film can tell you about the 1920s, there is a lot of unintentionally funny scenes to keep you amused!


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