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Harem (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 November 1985 (France)
A young American woman is kidnapped by an Arabian sheik and held captive in his harem. At first she frantically tries to escape, but as they slowly get to know and appreciate each other the... See full summary »

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Arthur Joffé

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Arthur Joffé (story), Arthur Joffé (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Diane
Ben Kingsley ... Selim
Dennis Goldson Dennis Goldson ... Massoud
Michel Robin ... Monsieur Raoul
Zohra Sehgal ... Affaf (as Zohra Segal)
Juliette Simpson Juliette Simpson ... Zelide (as Julette Simpson)
Karen Bowen Karen Bowen ... Mrs. Green
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Italian Worker
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... American Engineer
Kamel Cherif Kamel Cherif ... Rachid
Jack Davidson ... Boat Man
Bill Dunn ... American Worker
Charmagne Eckert Charmagne Eckert ... Woman in Church
Rosanne Katon ... Judy
Maria Kaushan Maria Kaushan ... Gypsy
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A young American woman is kidnapped by an Arabian sheik and held captive in his harem. At first she frantically tries to escape, but as they slowly get to know and appreciate each other the difference between captor and captive dissolves. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Haaremi See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sara Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Abduction from the Seraglio
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Conducted by Colin Davis
(Polygram)
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Downright Silly
12 September 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

We the poor public have to watch the contents of someone's sexual fantasies up there on the silver screen.

An American girl, who - by design or otherwise - looks strangely like Michael from The Bangles - is given a drugged hot drink on a cold day and wakes up in the heat of the Arabian desert minus her pantyhose. She discovers she has been captured not by a Valentino-type, but by a middle-aged man with a bald head and a moustache. The rest of the film is a seduction and a motor tour through the desert, punctuated by this poor girl being painted with henna.

Unless you are looking for a cure for insomnia, you would do well to give this film a miss and watch Valentino in The Sheik instead.


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