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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 »


Jack Smight


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

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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


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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USA | Switzerland



Release Date:

9 August 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimate Power See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

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Production Co:

Ascona Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


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


Selim: He kisses Aimee and says I love you. What's wrong?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: I can't stop thinking about him.
Selim: Who?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Who? That boy.
Selim: They had the right to do it. The genesaries guard the bazaar.
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Nobody has the right to do that. Destroy the cruelty. Get rid of them.
Selim: How do you suggest I do that hmm? My uncle tried and so has every sultan for the past 200 years.
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: The Russians kill many with their guns. Why can't you just get modern weapons like the russians have?
Selim: Who would ask Russians for their guns?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Don't make fun of me? ...
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Great story, poor acting and script
29 January 2008 | by mflathamSee all my reviews

Fascinating story but except for F.Murray Abraham this movie had some of the worst acting I have ever seen. I have seen children in school plays put on more believable performances than Amber O'Shea and James Michael Gregary. With the lacking script and C movie performance (I thought at first it might be a porno film) it took me 3 days to watch. I was so intrigued with the story line I wanted to see the ending but again because of the scrip and acting I could only watch it in small doses. I'm hoping someone will take this wonderful tale and make a real "movie" about it. Probably watchable if you have allot of paperwork or crafts or something to take your mind off the performers and their flat delivery of poor lines.

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