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Harem (1986)

Jessica, a young British girl, goes off to Arabia with her father to be with her fiancé when he's called there suddenly on diplomatic duty. On a tourist journey she's kidnapped by what ... See full summary »

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William Hale (as Billy Hale)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Travis ... Jessica Grey
Art Malik ... Tarik Pasha
Sarah Miles ... Lady Ashley
Yaphet Kotto ... Agha Kislar
Julian Sands ... Forest
Cherie Lunghi ... Usta
Omar Sharif ... Sultan Hassan
Ava Gardner ... Kadin
Georgine Anderson ... Aunt Lily
Shirley Cain Shirley Cain ... Embassy Hostess
George Camiller ... Vizler Bey
JoJo Cole JoJo Cole ... Emily
James Coyle James Coyle ... Sultan's Spy
Sarah Crowden ... Charlotte
Caroline Dorian Caroline Dorian ... Victoria
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Jessica, a young British girl, goes off to Arabia with her father to be with her fiancé when he's called there suddenly on diplomatic duty. On a tourist journey she's kidnapped by what appears to be a Beduion tribe and sold into the harem of the Sultan. The man that took her captive is not actually a Beduion but an Oxford educated revolutionary who traded Jessica for the release of his friends from the Sultan's prison. As her fiancé struggles to free her from the harem he inadvertently hires the very man who put her there to get her out. Meanwhile, Jessica is fending of the Sultan's advances and coming to know a new way of life. Romance, political intrigue, and the jealousies of the harem all threaten Jessica's narrow view of the world. If she escapes will she actually be able to return to life in Victorian England? Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El harén See more »

Filming Locations:

Almodovar del Rio, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ava Gardner and Omar Shariff had previously work together in Mayerling. See more »

Goofs

When Tarik is approaching the train, he is holding an Arab musket in the air over his head by the fore-stock, but the soundtrack plays several groups of rapid-fire shots even though his finger is never on the trigger, plus the fact that it's a musket and can only fire one or two shots a minute. See more »

Quotes

Sultan Hassan: What do you think? Better still, what did you think the first time you saw me?
Jessica Gray: Truthfully?
Sultan Hassan: Truthfully.
Jessica Gray: You are not as old as I thought you would be.
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A historical romance novel for television
31 December 2010 | by rransdorfSee all my reviews

I watched this fun little mini-series when it was first broadcast. The story confused me, until I suddenly recognized the plot structure: it was a classic Historical Romance Novel(tm)! Innocent yet spunky heroine? Check. Attractive, decent, but somewhat stuffy fiancé? Check. Kidnapping by sexy, mysterious stranger? Check. Heroine compelled by circumstances to explore her own sensuality? Check! Danger, intrigue, jealousy, temptation, and adventure? Check, check, check-arino! I don't think they missed a single beat here!

I didn't catch part of the last broadcast, however, so I missed out on the full effect of the story...still, as I had only begun to read historical romances at the time, I found it surprisingly good fun. It was probably much sillier than I was aware of back then, but if you're looking for a costume-era romance novel on film (and can tolerate some historical dubiousness), you'll probably enjoy this little romp through the seraglio.


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