This movie is a love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I.


Joseph Ruben


Jeff Stockwell





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michiel Huisman ... Ismail
Hera Hilmar ... Lillie
Josh Hartnett ... Jude
Ben Kingsley ... Woodruff
Haluk Bilginer ... Khalil Bey
Affif Ben Badra ... Christapor
Paul Barrett ... Mr. Rowe
Jessica Turner ... Mrs. Rowe
Peter Hosking ... Mr. Clemson
Selçuk Yöntem Selçuk Yöntem ... Melih Pasha
Eliska Slansky Eliska Slansky ... Aghavni
Hasan Say Hasan Say ... Ahmet
Deniz Kilic Flak Deniz Kilic Flak ... Zoya
Aysen Sümercan ... Aghavni's Grandmother
Murat Seven ... Leader


A strong-willed young woman, who, frustrated by on-going injustice at home, leaves the U.S. after meeting Jude, an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire. A world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become World War I. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a Lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.

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In a land on the brink of war the most dangerous place to be is in love.


Drama | War

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Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Michiel Huisman and Hera Hilmar appeared in Harley and the Davidsons (2016). See more »


The crowd voices at market and other scenes were in Arabic language, while the formal language at that time was Turkish. See more »


Ismail: You should'nt wander off.
Lillie: I'm perfectly fine. Is that Mount Ararat where Noah landed?
Ismail: Yes. We call it Agri Dagi.
Lillie: Agri Dagi.
Ismail: Noah and the Great Flood. Adam and Eve. You know, it's also part of the Islamic culture.
Lillie: Really?
Ismail: Hm-hm.
Lillie: Adam and Eve?
Ismail: Hm-hm. Only in the islamic telling they weren't driven out of the garden. They were placed in different parts of the world, so they had to search to find each other.
Ismail: Please stay close.
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Referenced in La noche de...: La noche de... El teniente otomano (2019) See more »

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Movies Are Not Politics, Nor Are They Documentaries.
16 March 2017 | by ChipperXSee all my reviews

While some reviewers cannot see beyond the work of the actors and director in a project, others pay to escape life and be immersed in a world we cannot otherwise visit. The Ottoman Lieutenant is a grand, sweeping movie that has war as its backdrop. This movie is not a documentary. The artists who worked to bring us this bit of fiction immersed themselves beautifully within the project, and their hard work stands out, much like the Merchant Ivory films. The movie itself does not ask for a review of its accuracy, it simply asks that we put aside the trappings of our present environment to imagine a different vista. If you are interested in enjoying beauty for its own sake, then you will enjoy this film. If you are still intent on reliving the atrocities of the past, then l suggest you stick to documentaries, and only those with which you wholeheartedly agree. - Chipper F. Xavier, Esq.

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Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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The Ottoman Lieutenant See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadocia, Turkey See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$149,830, 12 March 2017

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