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Release Date:
23 November 1978 (USA) See more »
A resourceful thief helps a handsome prince fight an evil wizard and win the hand of a beautiful princess. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Roddy McDowall ... Hasan

Kabir Bedi ... Prince Taj

Frank Finlay ... Abu Bakar

Marina Vlady ... Perizadah
Pavla Ustinov ... Princess Yasmine
Daniel Emilfork ... Genie

Ian Holm ... The Gatekeeper

Terence Stamp ... Wazir Jaudur

Peter Ustinov ... The Caliph
Ahmed El Shenawi ... Kanishka (as Ahmed El-Shenawi)
Kenji Tanaki ... Lalitaditya
Neil McCarthy ... Jaudur's Aide
Vincent Wong ... Interpreter
Leon Greene ... Jaudur's Guard

Bruce Montague ... Police Chief
Raymond Llewellyn ... Baghdad Attendant
Arnold Diamond ... Minister
Geoffrey Cheshire ... Herald
Gabor Vernon ... Courtier

Kevork Malikyan ... Common Man
Michael Chesden ... Meat Seller
Ahmed Khalil ... Melon Seller (as Ahmed Khail)
Yashaw Adem ... Man in Snake (as Yashar Adem)
George Little ... Man in Audience
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Captain of the Guard (voice) (uncredited)

Marina Sirtis ... Harem Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Clive Donner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Birkin  adaptation
AJ Carothers  (as A.J. Carothers)

Produced by
Thomas M.C. Johnston .... executive producer
Aida Young .... producer
Original Music by
John Cameron 
Cinematography by
Dennis C. Lewiston  (as Denis Lewiston)
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
Casting by
Michael Barnes 
Art Direction by
Edward Marshall 
Costume Design by
John Bloomfield 
Makeup Department
Monique Archambault .... makeup artist
Patrick Archambault .... hairdresser
Mark Nelson .... hairdresser
Connie Reeve .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Sutton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Baker .... assistant director
Art Department
Bryony Foster .... production buyer
John Godfrey .... construction manager
Richard Rooker .... assistant art director
Kenneth Ryan .... assistant art director (as Ken Ryan)
Michael Seirton .... set dresser
Tony Teiger .... property master
Sound Department
Michael Sale .... sound recordist
Jim Shields .... sound editor
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... special effects (as Allan Bryce)
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... matte artist
Dick Hewitt .... magic carpet
Wladimir Ivanov .... front projection cameraman
Louis Lapeyre .... front projection cameraman
Michael Maloney .... zoptic operator
Zoran Perisic .... zoptic front projection
David Speed .... zoptic operator (as David Steed)
John Stears .... magic carpet
Peter Diamond .... stunt arranger
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt performer
Juan Manuel Torres .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Birtles .... gaffer
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe mistress
Sophie Saussier .... wardrobe mistress
Location Management
Steve Lanning .... location manager (as Stephen Lanning)
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
Other crew
Ceri Evans .... continuity
The Great Kovari .... illusionist (as Kovari)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min | USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 (heavily cut) (1979) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | UK:U | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Curd Jürgens was considered for a major role.See more »
Hasan:Oh carpet, take us to where our hearts would go.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Thief of Bagdad (1940)See more »


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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
I actually liked it a lot!, 10 April 2002
Author: Michael A. Martinez ( from Los Angeles, CA

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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