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The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

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Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in... See full summary »


Kayvan Mashayekh





Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Echahly ... Kamran
Bruno Lastra ... Omar Khayyam
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Malikshah
Rade Serbedzija ... Imam Muaffak (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Vanessa Redgrave ... Miss Sangorski
Christopher Simpson ... Hassan Sabbah
Marie Espinosa Marie Espinosa ... Darya
Diane Baker ... Miss Taylor
C. Thomas Howell ... Coach Fielding
Kevin Anding Kevin Anding ... Timmy
Puya Behinaein ... Nader
Daniel Black Daniel Black ... Little Omar
Dariush Iran Nezhad Dariush Iran Nezhad ... Grandfather (as Daryoush Irannejad)
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Mansour's Boss
Furkal Fayziev Furkal Fayziev ... Assassin


Kamran is a 12 year old boy in the present day who discovers that his ancestor is the 11th Century Mathematician, Astronomer, Poet of Persia, Omar Khayyam. The story has been passed down in his family from one generation to another, and now it is his responsibility to keep the story alive for future generations. The film takes us from the modern day to the epic past where the relationship between Omar Khayyam, Hassan Sabbah (the original creator of the sect of Assassins) and their mutual love for a beautiful woman separate them from their eternal bond of friendship. Filmed almost entirely on location in Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Written by Kayvan Mashayekh, Writer/Director "The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam"

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Love, Destiny, Faith.....eternal truths from a genius with the soul of a poet

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »


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Persian | English

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Omar See more »

Filming Locations:

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,310, 10 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$224,512, 7 May 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Guide Company Films Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kayvan Mashayekh had just arrived on a location scout for the film in Morocco on 11 September 2001. After returning to the US a week later, no one would talk to him about his project for one year and all financial backers withdrew support. See more »


The Alalamut (Aluh Amut) Castle, center of operation of Hassan-e-Sabah is actually 670 miles (1048 Kilometers) away from Nishapur (Nishabur) the capital of Malik Shah. See more »


Hassan Sabbah: I pray that our paths never cross again. If they do, I would have to kill you.
Omar Khayyam: The most excellent jihad is that of the conquest of self.
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The Legend of Omar Khayyam
Composed and Produced by Elton Ahi
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Pleasantly Disappointed
22 August 2005 | by ez2manageSee all my reviews

Good film, but left me feeling unsatiated. One main criticism: NOT A SINGLE VERSE OF KHAYYAM'S POETRY READ OUT IN THE NATIVE PERSIAN LANGUAGE!!! It would not have cost a single penny and would have given so much more weight to the character of Khayyam. Other more minor criticisms: the dialogue was very elementary and the depth of the characters wasn't allowed to be fully developed (perhaps constrained due to 90 min. length of the film)... I didn't feel the depth of the characters, particularly, Khayyam's character. This man was a genius, but came across as a very simple man, at times babbling words in English (again, Fitzgerald's version of the more authentic and melodious Persian original) that wouldn't make much sense to the average viewer. The reason no Persian verse was spoken in this movie may have been because Khayyam was played by a non-Persian, Bruno (though he may be multilingual and talented), who probably hasn't ever read Khayyam in its original form (conjecture on my part). Why subtitle the characters living in U.S. (the Iranian-Americans) and not subtitle Khayyam who never spoke a word of English in his life?? I felt this really detracted from the character of Khayyam and his story. The best actor in the film, really, was Redgrave. I don't think the others carried the weight of those they were trying to emulate, particularly, Khayyam and Malek Shah. Overall, though, the movie is not bad. I think for this being his first film, Mashayekh deserves a good acknowledgment! He is obviously quite talented and I hope to see more films from him. In this film, though, in trying to cover too much and such an important subject (the Legend of Omar Khayyam), and trying to anglicize the project too much for a western audience (perhaps due to financial restrictions), that, in the end, Mashayekh perhaps lost what he was trying to "Keep" in the first place.

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