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The Favorite (1989)

R  |   |  Adventure  |  9 August 1989 (France)
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At the dawn of the 19th century, a young French woman is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. ... See full summary »

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Abdul Hamid
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Sineperver
Amber O'Shea ...
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry
James Michael Gregary ...
Selim
Ron Dortch ...
Tulip
Laurent Le Doyen ...
Sebastiani
Jonathan Vuille ...
Young Mahmud
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Adult Mahmud
Glenn Scarpelli ...
Mustafa
Andréa Parisy ...
Mirishah
Gérard Touroul ...
Priest
Tom McGreevey ...
Uncle (as Thomas McGreevey)
Celeste Simpson-Boyd ...
Zinah
Robere Kazadi ...
Orchid
Garth Wilton ...
British Consul
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At the dawn of the 19th century, a young French woman is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. She begins to influence the sultan toward more fair manners of solving his conflicts, but finds herself at odds with another of his wives, who wants her son Mustafa to become the new sultan. As the years pass, she must deal with the new sultan's advances while protecting her adopted son Mahmud, and helping the Sultanate against the Russians who have modern weapons. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He stole her innocence. She stole his heart....and his empire.

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Selim: He kisses Aimee and says I love you. What's wrong?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: I can't stop thinking about him.
Selim: Who?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Who? That boy.
Selim: They had the right to do it. The genesaries guard the bazaar.
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Nobody has the right to do that. Destroy the cruelty. Get rid of them.
Selim: How do you suggest I do that hmm? My uncle tried and so has every sultan for the past 200 years.
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: The Russians kill many with their guns. Why can't you just get modern weapons like the russians have?
Selim: Who would ask Russians for their guns?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Don't make fun of me? ...
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I Liked This Little Known Movie
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Years ago I saw this as a late night movie, and have remembered it since. It is a haunting story. It begins with a flash-forward, an abduction of a priest. The rest of the move is a flash-back, explaining why he is abducted. A British woman is on a ship which is attacked by Muslims and taken captive, then sold to be in the harem of the king. The plot includes palace intrigue, loss of innocence and freedom, rules and resistance, jealousy and hate, war and death, survival and double cross, an unlikely romance, the bonds of love and devotion. I seem to remember that the story has some basis in historical fact, and would like to know more about that. Even having seen the movie only the one time, it was so unique and compelling that I recall the story and details to this day. Adult themes: Not a movie for children, but they are being exposed to worse. (I'm pleased to have found this movie on your list, since it is not well known.)


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