Long ago, the Sultan Shahryar (Dougray Scott) has gone mad after his traumatizing near assassination, in which his wife collaborated and died at his hands as a result. Now he has a paranoid suspicion of women which he plans to express in a diabolical plan, and that is to marry a woman from the harem and then have her executed the next morning. To prevent this, the Grand Vizier's daughter and a childhood friend of the Sultan, Scheherezade (Mili Avital), offers herself to be that bride. Now, she must gamble that her plan will work as she tries to cure his madness by telling him story after wondrous story, which include the tales of Ali Baba (Rufus Sewell) and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin (Jason Scott Lee) and his Wonderful Lamp. All the while, the Sultan's villainous brother is making plans of his own, and Scheherezade's stories are more useful against him than anyone can anticipate.
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Did You Know?
The name of Ali Baba's (Rufus Sewell's) camel is "Saffra", which means "traveller". See more
Harun al-Rashid was the Caliph of Baghdad, not the Sultan of Cairo. See more
Here again, milady?
These people sit for hours, just listening.
It's a miracle.
People need stories, more than bread, itself.
They teach us how to live, and why.
The VHS version of the movie has omits the most important story in the movie, which is the turning point for the Sultan. It is the story of the sultan who conintually switches places with the beggar until the beggar finally ends up becoming the sultan after the real sultan is killed. See more