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The Favorite (1989)

At the dawn of the 19th century, a young French woman is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. ... See full summary »

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Jack Smight

Writers:

Prince Michael of Greece (novel) (as Prince Michael), Larry Yust (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Abdul Hamid
Maud Adams ... Sineperver
Amber O'Shea Amber O'Shea ... Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry
James Michael Gregary James Michael Gregary ... Selim
Ron Dortch Ron Dortch ... Tulip
Laurent Le Doyen Laurent Le Doyen ... Sebastiani
Jonathan Vuille Jonathan Vuille ... Young Mahmud
Francesco Quinn ... Adult Mahmud
Glenn Scarpelli ... Mustafa
Andréa Parisy ... Mirishah
Gérard Touroul Gérard Touroul ... Priest
Tom McGreevey Tom McGreevey ... Uncle (as Thomas McGreevey)
Celeste Simpson-Boyd Celeste Simpson-Boyd ... Zinah
Robere Kazadi Robere Kazadi ... Orchid
Garth Wilton Garth Wilton ... British Consul
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At the dawn of the 19th century, a young French woman is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. She begins to influence the sultan toward more fair manners of solving his conflicts, but finds herself at odds with another of his wives, who wants her son Mustafa to become the new sultan. As the years pass, she must deal with the new sultan's advances while protecting her adopted son Mahmud, and helping the Sultanate against the Russians who have modern weapons. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He stole her innocence. She stole his heart....and his empire.

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Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimate Power See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ascona Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The story is only a legend and not rooted in historical fact See more »

Quotes

Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: What a liar I am.
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Should be high on lists of Worsts
19 June 2008 | by dla100See all my reviews

What I saw was a throwback to cliché-cluster flicks of decades ago, but the soundtrack puts it firmly in the eighties.

It is thumpingly and enormously awful, as wretched and phony a film as could be conceived. Tittering harem ladies a'bathing, stern Turks delivering script bits from the 100 Most Popular Stock Lines for the genre. They might as well have gone beyond the scattered skin peeks to a fuller soft-core intention -- all pillow-plush and pleasures in the sultan's palace, because that's already the quality/ambiance/performance level of much of this thin 'n cheesy production.

The producers may have scored the perfectly suited shooting location, but much else in the movie seems to be reaching for the furthest reaches of inauthenticity.

Admissions: There is amusement, even delight, in encountering something so consummately lame, in wondering who could work on it and think for a moment this embarrassment should be taken seriously. I really did laugh out loud a few times at this painfully acted, double-dreadfully written, obliviously directed caricature. Maybe I WOULD view a portion of it again, preferably with someone else. "Look!...watch this! Watch!"

And..I only made it through the early half. Turned away easily without even the tiniest rhinestone of regret. (A bug buzzing by in the living room could be diversion enough from this bungle.) Could be...could be that when it moved deeper into violence and intrigue, into dramatic seizures(!) of fate and steering of history, it took a turn toward something more engaging and more plausibly presented. Could happen...right?


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