To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.
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 Chief Executioner (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Mustappa (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Aladdin's Mother (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Coral Lips (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Prince Ali (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Demon (2 episodes, 2000)
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 BacBac (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Safil (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Judge Zadic (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Dr. Ezra (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Hi-Ching (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Miriam (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Abu Nouz (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Hassan (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Executioner's Assistant (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Heart's Delight (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Fair Face (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Caliph Beder (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Sultan Billah (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Sultana Billah (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Sultan Badr Al-Din (2 episodes, 2000)
Emma Lewis ...
 Sultana (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Jerome Gribben (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Ali's Servant (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Assad (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Hari Ben Karim (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Schaca (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Carpet Seller (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Gulnare (2 episodes, 2000)
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 1st Robber (2 episodes, 2000)
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 2nd Robber (2 episodes, 2000)
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 2nd Guard (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Prosecuting Lawyer (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Head Maid (2 episodes, 2000)
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 1st Physician (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Scheherezade (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Storyteller (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Hand Maiden (2 episodes, 2000)
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 1st Guard (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Black Coda (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Aladdin (2 episodes, 2000)
Ysé Tran ...
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Yaman Tüzcet ...
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 Child (2 episodes, 2000)
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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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Last film of John Hallam. See more »

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Harun al-Rashid was the Caliph of Baghdad, not the Sultan of Cairo. See more »

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Aladdin: Are you like the Genie of the Ring?
Genie of the Lamp: Like the Genie of the Ring?... I, who opposed the will of Heaven? NEVER!
Aladdin: So you're not related then?
Genie of the Lamp: No! Ohhh, I don't know... the tests were inconclusive...
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A true jewel of the Orient
30 March 2002 | by (Flagstaff, AZ) – See all my reviews

"Arabian Nights" is continuing proof that it is possible to put together a highly entertaining, superbly-acted television program with a cast of primarily lesser-known actors and actresses. The performances in the movie are almost uniformly first-rate. For example, John Leguizamo is hilarious and totally believable as Aladdin's genie(s), and far better than Robin Williams' portrayal in Disney's "Aladdin." Mili Avital is enchanting as Scheherezade, and Dougray Scott and James Frain are terrific as the warring brothers Schariar and Schazenan (an interesting re-telling of the original base story line). The ever-reliable Rufus Sewell and Alan Bates give very enjoyable portrayals of Ali Baba and the Storyteller, respectively, and Jason Scott Lee gives a very amusing turn as Aladdin. I particularly enjoyed the segment of the constantly fighting Princes of Yemen, Ali, Ahmed, and Hussain (played with gusto by relative unknowns Alexis Conran, James Callis, and Hari Dhillon). While it is the acting that really shines in "Arabian Nights," the set designs and costuming are truly magical. The special effects are also very good considering the budget limitations of the small screen.

If you're going to rent or buy this on video/DVD, be careful to find the 175 minute version. I don't know what they cut from the shorter version, but honestly you won't want to miss ANY of this marvelous TV movie.

I really hope that Hallmark decides to do a sequel to this with a few more of the tales from the Arabian Nights. There is certainly a precedent for it with the "Sarah, Plain and Tall" films.


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