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Arabian Nights (2000)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
 Schahzenan / ...
 Black Coda (as Tcheky Karyo)
Vanessa Mae ...
 Sultan Shahryar / ...
 Chief Executioner
Pik Sen Lim ...
 Aladdin's Mother (as Pik-Sen Lim)


Long ago, the Sultan Schariar has gone mad after his traumatizing near assassination in which his wife collaborated and died at his hands as a result. Now he has a paranoid suspicion of women which he plans to express in a diabolical plan, and that is to marry a woman from the harem and then have her executed the very next morning. To prevent this, the Grand Vizier's daughter and a childhood friend of the Sultan, Scheherezade, offers herself to be that bride. Now, she must gamble that her plan will work as she tries to cure his madness by telling him story after wondrous story which include the tales of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. All the while, the Sultan's villainous brother is making plans of his own and Scheherezade's stories are more useful against him than anyone can anticipate. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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30 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1001 noć  »

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A Box of Turkish Delights
29 March 2001 | by (Newcastle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Lush and colourful mini-series based on the classic "1001 Nights". The framework works nicely; the harried sultan, initially all sweat and paranoia, set on the path to redemption by his new wife Scheherezade (Mili Avital, who is just exquisite), who must maintain his interest by telling him stories or be executed. It left me wanting more, so by that measure at least the film is a success. Cameos and star turns abound in this enormous production and refreshingly for a Hallmark miniseries, the slant is more English than American. The humour and dialogue can be just a bit twee at times (one almost expects Hugh Grant to peep around the curtain at any moment) but like Turkish delight, this film is sweet but not sickening

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