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The Wonders of Aladdin (1961)

Le meraviglie di Aladino (original title)
A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp.

Directors:

Mario Bava, Henry Levin

Writers:

Luther Davis (screenplay), Stefano Strucchi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Donald O'Connor ... Aladdin
Noëlle Adam ... Djalma (as Noelle Adam)
Vittorio De Sica ... Genie
Aldo Fabrizi ... Sultan
Terence Hill ... Prince Moluk (as Mario Girotti)
Fausto Tozzi ... Grand Vizier
Raymond Bussières ... Magician (as Raimond Bussieres)
Milton Reid ... Omar
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Bandit Chieftain
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Fakir
Giovanna Galletti ... Midwife
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Benhai - Aladdin's Mother
Franco Ressel ... Vizier's Lieutenant
Michèle Mercier ... Princess Zaina (as Michele Mercier)
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A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp.

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Fantasy

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Country:

France | Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Fonolux)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This one of three films that Lux was going to produce starring 'Steve Reeves' (they had co-produced Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959)). They were able to get Reeves for the other two productions, The Thief of Baghdad (1961) and Morgan, the Pirate (1960). See more »

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Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 10 May 1961 (1961) See more »

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Not so much a review but a nostalgic anecdote...
29 August 2006 | by multiplepov-1See all my reviews

Years ago when the first Ninja Turtles movie made its way to VHS, my five-year-old neighbor girl (who liked coming by to play with my toddler), knocked on my door, pressed her copy of the movie into my hands and said, "You've *got* to watch this. It's the *best* movie ever made." When I first saw "The Wonders of Aladdin," I thought it was the best movie ever made. I was eight. My favorite thing in the world at that time was listening to the Broadway cast album of "Kismet" (the movie of which I didn't see for many years) and reading 1001 nights tales in picture books. When I saw "The Wonders of Aladdin" on television with my family, I remember being absolutely enthralled. (I remember my mother being surprised that Vittorio de Sica was in it.) I loved every plot twist. The genie appearing in a matte shot, smaller and smaller with each appearance, made perfect sense to me. I rooted for Donald O'Connor. I was thrilled when he won the princess (who I'd thought was Annette Funicello).

When I saw it again, about age 12, I was appalled. What a cheesy picture, I thought. The wink-wink-nudge-nudge joke of O'Connor (but not the audience) accidentally seeing the princess (not Funicello after all) nude seemed embarrassing. The "special effects" were just cheap.

When I caught the movie again at college age--after several years of reading about films and seeing films of all eras--I was ready to forgive "The Wonders of Aladdin" its failings and enjoy it again.

If you like 1001 nights type stories and you appreciate films of different eras, "The Wonders of Aladdin" is an enjoyable B-movie fantasy.


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