The Thief of Baghdad (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  23 November 1978 (USA)
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A resourceful thief helps a handsome prince fight an evil wizard and win the hand of a beautiful princess.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prince Taj
Abu Bakar
Pavla Ustinov ...
Princess Yasmine
Daniel Emilfork ...
The Gatekeeper
Wazir Jaudur
The Caliph
Ahmed El Shenawi ...
Kanishka (as Ahmed El-Shenawi)
Kenji Tanaki ...
Neil McCarthy ...
Jaudur's Aide
Vincent Wong ...
Leon Greene ...
Jaudur's Guard
Police Chief


A resourceful thief helps a handsome prince fight an evil wizard and win the hand of a beautiful princess.

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arabian | princess | prince | wizard | genie | See All (7) »


Adventure | Fantasy


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Release Date:

23 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dieb von Bagdad  »

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1.33 : 1
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Curd Jürgens was considered for a major role. See more »


Prince Taj: Fly, carpet, fly. Take me to where my heart would go.
Hasan: Fly, carpet, take me to where I would go.
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Remake of The Thief of Bagdad (1940) See more »

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I actually liked it a lot!
10 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid, I regarded this version as in about the same league as The Sinbad Trilogy, with its exquisite Arabian locales and flashy costumes. Roddy McDowall and Kabir Bedi have good buddy-chemistry with Bedi as an expatriate Prince and McDowell as his comedic thief companion.

Although sometimes silly in terms of special effects and production values, this is a story genuinely well-told. I'd not call it a classic, but it is a great deal better than most other TV movies you'll run into. Just look at the cast with lots of great roles by those you wouldn't expect, with Ian Holm, Peter Ustinov, and Terence Stamp in unforgettable roles. Stamp especially channels the same intensity in his Zod role as the emotionless and seemingly indestructible villain. Ustinov plays campily as the comic relief (an honor he shares with Roddy) Kalif of Baghdad, and Marina Vlady is at her stunning best and outshines the bland love-interest princess in every scene. Even future Star Trek babe Marina Sirtis (Councellor Troi) has her debut here as a busty harem girl with maybe 1 or 2 short lines.

Perhaps the best aspect besides the wonderfully addictive orchestral musical score, has to be the weird and trippy atmosphere inside the evil cave that Prince Taj has to explore to find the diamond. This whole sequence is definitely the strongest point of the film and is one of the best scare-sequences I've seen. Lots of creepy blue lighting, evil whispering sounds, hallucinations, etc. VERY 70's! This, coupled with the extremely weird-looking giant green genie, make this a movie that you just can't miss if you're into escapist fantasy.

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