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Les 1001 nuits (1990)

Zany subversion of the 1001 Nights myth that skips all of the stories and simply focuses on the lovely Scheherazade's escape from the lustful king with the help of a magic lamp and a time traveling astrologist.

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Marc Dudicourt
Georges Montillier ...
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Alfredo Pea ...
Agib
Valérie Rojan
Eric Métayer ...
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Joy Graham ...
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Raymond Aquilon ...
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A satirical subversive take on the 1001 Nights legend that skips all the stories and puts Scheherazade herself at the center of the adventure. In ancient times, nubile but virginal Scheherazade must use her charms and wits to escape the Middle Eastern king who plans to bed her whether she likes it or not. She's helped on her journey by an astrologist from her own time teleported by a genie to present day London, where he became a proper English gentleman in order to fit it. Whenever Scheherazade is in trouble, he uses the time portal in his TV set to travel back and forth through time and send her the help she needs, including anachronistic escape vehicles like a motorcycle or an airplane. After temporarily teaming up with a couple of more allies, visiting London and losing all of her clothes more than once in the process, Scheherazade realizes that she can't just run forever and comes up with a risky plan. Written by Cyril Morcrette <cyril@ceci.mit.edu>

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Catherine Zeta-Jones's voice was dubbed. See more »

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The Great Vizier: [walks over to Sheherazade and wakes her up] I must cut off your head.
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First part sleeper with Second part racer
5 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

First part is a somewhat "sleeper" interpretation of the original legendary story. Had to remind myself to keep watching - although all paid off and switched to a balmy rapid pace in the 2nd part, where you have to wake up and keep alert to catch all of the jokes and plays which feast on the UK / middle-eastern switch location theme. Very funny for anyone with knowledge of people from either of these places.


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