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Omar Khayyam (1957)

During the 11th century, Persian poet Omar Khayyam's lover marries the Shah but the Shah, whose life is threatened by a sect of assassins, appoints Omar royal advisor.

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William Dieterle

Writer:

Barré Lyndon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornel Wilde ... Omar Khayyam
Michael Rennie ... Hasani Sabah
Debra Paget ... Sharain
John Derek ... Young Prince Malik
Raymond Massey ... The Shah
Yma Sumac ... Karina
Margaret Hayes ... Queen Zarada
Joan Taylor ... Yaffa
Sebastian Cabot ... The Nizam
Perry Lopez ... Prince Ahmud
Morris Ankrum ... Imam Nowaffak
Abraham Sofaer ... Tutush
Edward Platt ... Jayhan
James Griffith ... Buzorg
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Master Herald
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Omar Khayyam was among the greatest of Persian poets. He was also a brilliant mathematician. Though his quatrains were written in the 11th century, they are still popular the world over. The details of his life are unknown, so this movie invents a biography for him and includes in it his real achievements - the invention of a new calendar and the penning of those epigrammatic poems. This film has him losing the love of his life to his ruler, and foiling an assassin sect's plot to kill that ruler, the empire's shah. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1957 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loves of Omar Khayyam See more »

Filming Locations:

Indio, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trevor Howard was sought for the Michael Rennie role. See more »

Goofs

As Omar leaves the council of the Grand Master. See more »

Quotes

Yaffa: Slaves are trained to please, wives are not.
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Tell My Love
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Jay Livingston
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Cornel Coins the Rhymes, Rennie Starts the Rebellion
19 October 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Omar Khayyam, medieval poet and scholar and quite the scientist as it turns out in this film, stars Cornel Wilde in the title role. Khayyam is a guy content to do his scholarly thing, but there's a whole lot of treachery going in Persia and it's coming from people close to him.

The legend of Omar Khayyam has him involved with two others, a rich merchant Hisreini who becomes leader of the assassin cult and Nizam who is prime minister to the Shah, played respectively by Michael Rennie and Sebastian Cabot. Rennie who is as always cultured and refined, is the 12th century Osama Bin-Laden of the piece. His is probably the best performance of the film.

By the way Omar Khayyam gives one an opportunity to see both the men who Cecil B. DeMille considered for the role of Joshua in The Ten Commandments in the same film. John Derek who is the crown prince played Joshua and Wilde was the one originally offered the part.

The film was done at Paramount which was a bit unusual itself because the Arabian knights type films were an in house staple of Universal Studios.

Probably Cornel got the part after Tyrone Power who was freelancing then turned it down. It was that way all Wilde's life, getting sloppy seconds from either Power or Errol Flynn.

The film is all right, but should have had Wilde doing a bit more swordplay. He was in real life a champion at fencing.


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