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Arabian Adventure (1979)

An evil magician seeks to gain power by obtaining a magic rose. A peasant boy and a Prince join forces to stop him.

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writer:

Brian Hayles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Caliph Alquazar
Milo O'Shea ... Khasim
Oliver Tobias ... Prince Hasan
Emma Samms ... Princess Zuleira
Puneet Sira Puneet Sira ... Majeed
Peter Cushing ... Wazir Al Wuzara
Capucine ... Vahishta
Mickey Rooney ... Daad El Shur
John Wyman ... Bahloul
John Ratzenberger ... Achmed
Shane Rimmer ... Abu
Suzanne Danielle ... Eastern Dancer
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... Beggarwoman (as Elizabeth Welch)
Hal Galili ... Asaf
Art Malik ... Mamhoud (as Athar Malik)
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Storyline

An evil magician seeks to gain power by obtaining a magic rose. A peasant boy and a Prince join forces to stop him.

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SEE THE MONSTER-MAKER ATTACKED BY HIS MONSTER! SEE THE BATTLE OF THE FLYING CARPETS! SEE PRINCE HASAN IN A DUEL WITH THE FORCES OF EVIL! SEE THE MAGIC SAPPHIRE PROTECT MAJEED AND HIS MONKEY! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Adventure

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Majic and the Empire of Evil See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Brian Hayles, who wrote the screenplay, died before the release of this movie. Keith Miles' novelization for Mirror Books was dedicated to his memory. See more »

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The Rose Of Arabia.
7 January 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Arabian Adventure is directed by Kevin Connor and written by Brian Hayles. It stars Christopher Lee, Milo O'Shea, Oliver Tobias, Emma Samms and Puneet Sira. Music is by Ken Thorne and cinematography by Alan Hume.

A prince is sent by an evil sorcerer (Lee) on a quest for a magical rose. Should he succeed, he hopes that as a reward he will win the hand of the princess.

Sometimes to moderately enjoy a film of this type, you just got to take yourself back to a time when simple children's adventure movies were made with simple film making techniques. This obviously doesn't hold up well these days, where even given the year it was made it was way behind advancements that were being made in special effects. Thus it's highly unlikely that the prepubescents of today would have the patience or care for such a production. Yet it doesn't lack for charm.

Is charm enough? Well it's not a great or very good film, it's heavy on chatter, the effects are indeed a little crude, acting and accents are borderline dire, and it seems to take an age to get going, yet it's not insulting like many far bigger budget pictures have been: even nowadays! It's best just to roll with it, enjoy the whimsy and the many small roles by the likes of Peter Cushing, Mickey Rooney, Capucine and, erm, John Ratzenberger.

Forgettable once it's over, but harmless with it. 5/10


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