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The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 25 December 1940 (USA)
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

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Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue), Lajos Biró (scenario by) (as Lajos Biro) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Conrad Veidt ... Jaffar
Sabu ... Abu
June Duprez ... Princess
John Justin ... Ahmad
Rex Ingram ... Djinn
Miles Malleson ... Sultan
Morton Selten ... The Old King
Mary Morris ... Halima
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... The Merchant
Hay Petrie ... Astrologer
Adelaide Hall Adelaide Hall ... Singer
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Jailer
Allan Jeayes ... The Story Teller
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Storyline

In Bagdad, the young and naive Sultan Ahmad is curious about the behavior of his people. The Grand Vizier Jaffar convinces Ahmad to walk through the city disguised as a subject to know his people. Then he seizes the power telling to the inhabitants that Ahmad has died while he sends his army to arrest the Sultan that is thrown into the dungeons and sentenced to death. Ahmad befriends the young thief Abu that helps him to escape from the prison. They flee to Basra and plan to travel abroad with Sinbad. However Ahmad stumbles upon the beautiful princess and they fall in love with each other. But the evil Jaffar has also traveled to Basra to propose to marry the princess. When they see each other, Jaffar uses magic to blind Ahmad and turn Abu into a dog. Is their love doomed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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THE WONDER of the Spider King...ten times human size ---yet Abu dares him to battle! (original poster) See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reportedly the favorite film of Francis Ford Coppola. See more »

Goofs

The wires used to suspend the flying carpet are visible in the last scene of Abu on the carpet. The film was originally shot in three strip Technicolor, with prints made using a dye transfer process that resulted in a slight reduction in overall resolution. This reduction in resolution hid the wires in original prints, making them invisible. Modern prints, especially on Hi-Def DVDs, have restored the resolution making the support wires plainly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jaffar: The princess. Have you good news for me?
Halima: No, master.
Jaffar: Dead?
Halima: She's still asleep.
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Connections

Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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The Sea
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Unknown
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What can i say? This is a classic!
23 December 2001 | by Funkypizza2001See all my reviews

Ever since i was a little child my father used to play this movie for me over and over again, because he loved it so much, and so as i got older, i started to appreciate this film as much as him. There are Unforgettable parts in this film like the big spider fight between Abu and the spider, and then there was the magic carpet ride at the end. The most rememberable character is The Genie. I really loved that Genie especially when you and Abu first meet him. I hope that if you never saw this movie you rent it because it is a great film you will never forget.

***** stars out of *****.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thief of Bagdad See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$268,948
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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