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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Riding high with spectacular action and excitement !


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although by critiques' standards, it may be a bit "cheesy" but it has some good political and ideological points. Omar Khayyam and Hassn Sabba in real life in 11 century were childhood friends in Persia. When they grew up, Khayyam went after science and literature and became, a poet, philosopher, mathematician, and made the first solar calendar for human kind. And Sabbah went after politics and established the school of "assassination" and terrorism. The work of both still exist strongly and as Khayyam puts it "it will exist as long as his calendar exists." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Omar Khayyam: They call you Chosen One... the Seventh Excellent Creature.Are you also to be appointed Caliph, interpreting the Will of God, Supreme Ruler above all earthly kings?
Hasani Sabah: If it were not so, I could not wear these robes nor hold this office.
Omar Khayyam: You have named me your Counsellor, but
[pause]
Omar Khayyam: I am happier with lesser matters, like this strip of vellum on which I have reduced the year to better reckoning. These figures will guide the lives of men when our mouths have been stopped with the dust of a thousand ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Take My Heart
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Mack David
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Great story, average movie
16 June 2005 | by AFernandez58See all my reviews

"Omar Khayyam" is in many ways a typical 50s Hollywood oriental sword and sandal epic but with a few twists and tremendous (unmet) potential. The actual story of three friends (Hassan, Omar and Nizam) goes back hundreds of years and is pretty engaging. The historical personalities of Omar and Hassan al-Sabbah are quite interesting characters. There is potentially a great film here.

The actual production is not great but it has some nice things: Michael Rennie gives a great performance as Hassani. It is one of his best things, right up there with the alien in "The Day the Earth Stood Still." It also has Raymond Massey and the great Abraham Sofaer, a distinctive character actor, as Tutush, the Sultan's brother. It has a fine score by Victor Young and some neat matte paintings of Alamut. Some of the lines are great: "I know of some other heads that should be sealed with wax and honey." But in the end it is too formulaic of a Hollywood spectacular. Cornel Wilde is too stolid. Such a rich historical backdrop and fascinating subject matter is worthy of a better film.


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