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The English Harem (2005)

Martine McCutcheon plays a young working class girl, Tracy, who - against the wishes of her parents and racist ex-boyfriend - becomes one of three wives of West London Persian restaurateur, Sam (Art Malik).


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martine McCutcheon ... Tracy Pringle
Art Malik ... Saaman "Sam" Sahar
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Eric Pringle
Linda Bassett ... Monica Pringle
John Sessions ... Ridley
Tony Slattery ... Sebastian Partridge
Agni Scott ... Yvette Sahar
Nathalie Armin ... Firouzeh Sahar
Doug Allen ... Richard
Louise Brealey ... Suzy (as Loo Brealey)
Ruth Sheen ... Emily
Julian Rivett ... Lenny
Antonio Josephides Antonio Josephides ... Mostafa Sahar
Gary Lammin ... Store Manager
Andrew Havill ... Lawrence of Arabia


Kensington supermarket cash register clerk Tracy Pringle loses her job for daydreaming about the romantic Orient. Sass and the fruit of fascination for the East get her employed as a sales clerk in rich, sophisticated Iranian expat Saaman "Sam" Sahar's exclusive vegetarian restaurant and soon wins his sensual, yet not sexual, attention. Her boyfriend Richar, whom she dumps after a blatant infidelity, tries to turn the authorities on them after discovering he has a 'harem' consisting of a legal wife and two mundane Iranian 'consort' ladies, actually more protégées. Written by KGF Vissers

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27 December 2005 (UK) See more »

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Don't embarrass yourself
30 March 2015 | by danish_mermaidSee all my reviews

On some level, The English Harem is supposed to mirror reality, however the story takes sudden twists that are increasingly improbable. Islam is represented as a Disneyland state-of-mind while key characters and plot elements become more and more distorted into a theater of the absurd. Half way through the film I simply gave up in utter frustration at the sheer stupidity I was witnessing. Theoretically, The English Harem had potential, but instead unfolds into a truly embarrassing waste of time. It never ceases to amaze me that actors willing play roles and speak lines that they undoubtedly know deep down in their soul are totally brain dead.

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