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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abdul Hamid
Amber O'Shea ...
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry
James Michael Gregary ...
Ron Dortch ...
Laurent Le Doyen ...
Jonathan Vuille ...
Young Mahmud
Adult Mahmud
Glenn Scarpelli ...
Andréa Parisy ...
Gérard Touroul ...
Tom McGreevey ...
Uncle (as Thomas McGreevey)
Celeste Simpson-Boyd ...
Robere Kazadi ...
Garth Wilton ...
British Consul


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 <>

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




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9 August 1989 (France)  »

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Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: He's dead isn't he?
Tulip: He knods his head yes
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Why are you doing this?
Tulip: Do you want the geneseries to kill Selim? They do it in a second if they knew the Sultan was dead they want Mustafa to be sultan. We'll be safe when we're out of they're reach nack inside the harem.
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this movie is wonderfully bad
7 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has all the trappings of a B movie.

The costuming is remarkably bad (there's tulle and lame everywhere), the acting is hokey, and the writing a little less than mediocre.

But I _love_ this film nonetheless. I own it and watch it every now and again. I enjoy the cheesiness, and it's best enjoyed with a friend or two over drinks and hearty commentary and giggles. It's a wonderful orientalist film with glitter and glam mixed with quite a bit of fantasy.

It is based on a true story, and I am surprised every time to see it was actually filmed at Topkapi palace.

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