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Arabian Nights 

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | TV Mini-Series (2000)
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To cure a Prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.
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Series cast summary:
Mili Avital ...  Scheherezade 2 episodes, 2000
Alan Bates ...  Storyteller 2 episodes, 2000
James Frain ...  Harun al-Rashid / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Tchéky Karyo ...  Black Coda 2 episodes, 2000
Jason Scott Lee ...  Aladdin 2 episodes, 2000
John Leguizamo ...  Genie of the Lamp / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Vanessa Mae Vanessa Mae ...  Princess Zobeide 2 episodes, 2000
Dougray Scott ...  Amin / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Rufus Sewell ...  Ali Baba 2 episodes, 2000
Jim Carter ...  Ja'far 2 episodes, 2000
Peter Guinness ...  Chief Executioner 2 episodes, 2000
Hugh Quarshie ...  Mustappa 2 episodes, 2000
Pik Sen Lim ...  Aladdin's Mother 2 episodes, 2000
Amira Casar ...  Morgiana 2 episodes, 2000
Andy Serkis ...  Kasim 2 episodes, 2000
Ayesha Dharker ...  Coral Lips 2 episodes, 2000
Alexis Conran Alexis Conran ...  Prince Ali 2 episodes, 2000
James Callis ...  Prince Ahmed 2 episodes, 2000
Hari Dhillon ...  Prince Hussain 2 episodes, 2000
John Hallam ...  Demon 2 episodes, 2000
Alexei Sayle ...  BacBac 2 episodes, 2000
Jamila Massey ...  Safil 2 episodes, 2000
Nadim Sawalha ...  Judge Zadic 2 episodes, 2000
Leon Lissek ...  Dr. Ezra 2 episodes, 2000
Junix Inocian ...  Hi-Ching 2 episodes, 2000
Stanley Lebor ...  Faisal 2 episodes, 2000
Jane Lapotaire ...  Miriam 2 episodes, 2000
Stefan Kalipha ...  Abu Nouz 2 episodes, 2000
Benedict Wong ...  Hassan 2 episodes, 2000
Orgun Gitir Orgun Gitir ...  Executioner's Assistant 2 episodes, 2000
Inday Ba ...  Heart's Delight 2 episodes, 2000
Melanie Gutteridge ...  Fair Face 2 episodes, 2000
Burt Kwouk ...  Caliph Beder 2 episodes, 2000
Henry Goodman ...  Sultan Billah 2 episodes, 2000
Maureen O'Farrell Maureen O'Farrell ...  Sultana Billah 2 episodes, 2000
Tony Osoba ...  Sultan Badr Al-Din 2 episodes, 2000
Emma Lewis Emma Lewis ...  Sultana 2 episodes, 2000
Roger Hammond ...  Jerome Gribben 2 episodes, 2000
Kulvinder Ghir ...  Ali's Servant 2 episodes, 2000
David Yip ...  Assad 2 episodes, 2000
Don Warrington ...  Hari Ben Karim 2 episodes, 2000
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ...  Schaca 2 episodes, 2000
Bhasker Patel ...  Carpet Seller 2 episodes, 2000
Adrian Pang ...  Gulnare 2 episodes, 2000
Simon Gregor Simon Gregor ...  1st Robber 2 episodes, 2000
Oded Fehr ...  2nd Robber 2 episodes, 2000
Simon Finney ...  2nd Guard 2 episodes, 2000
Nasser Memarzia ...  Prosecuting Lawyer 2 episodes, 2000
Chiaki Yamauchi Chiaki Yamauchi ...  Head Maid 2 episodes, 2000
Peter Bayliss ...  1st Physician 2 episodes, 2000
Sara Houghton Sara Houghton ...  Hand Maiden 2 episodes, 2000
Barry Kamen Barry Kamen ...  1st Guard 2 episodes, 2000
Ysé Tran Ysé Tran ...  Bubble Dancer 2 episodes, 2000
Hassani Shapi Hassani Shapi ...  1st Army Captain 2 episodes, 2000
Yaman Tüzcet Yaman Tüzcet ...  Elderly Mourner 2 episodes, 2000
Ufuk Asiliskendar Ufuk Asiliskendar ...  Clerk 2 episodes, 2000
Jayden Spring Jayden Spring ...  Child 2 episodes, 2000
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Storyline

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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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When Night Falls, the Adventure Begins!


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Country:

Germany | Turkey | Jordan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabian Nights See more »

Filming Locations:

Antalya Studios, Turkey See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A thirty-two thousand square foot soundstage was built in a Turkish cotton field to handle the elaborate sets required in this movie. Forty-eight unique sets were made to reflect the diversity of the story locations. See more »

Goofs

Scheherezade refers to the bronze in the bronze city as rusting away. Bronze does not rust. See more »

Quotes

Scheherezade: Is this the time for stories?
Storyteller: It's the perfect time! Stories show us how to win, and in your case: defeat death.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Featured in Open Sesame: The Making of 'Arabian Nights' (2000) See more »

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Not true to the spirit of the original writings...
17 May 2002 | by mijones3See all my reviews

This is (once again) a loose version on the Nights theme, and is not the story collection known by most fans of the works. There are so many departures from the original that it would be ridiculous to list them all; however the dropping of the character of Dunyazad, Shahrazad's little sister to whom she actually tells the stories, is not only a great shame but it has created a problem, because it has left Shahrazad telling the stories directly to the King; thus making the film script less credible than the original. Shahrazad is depicted as being the first potential victim of the Sultan's wrath, rather than the one to break the mold of his killing spree; thus making Shahriar seem more of a nice guy than he actually was. A handy way of removing the most distinctive characteristic of one of the cruellest kings in literature also partially removes Shaharazad's underlying motive for telling the stories in the first place, because in the original Shahriar's track record has been proven and the city has been nearly decimated of available young ladies. However, the chosen script has been acted well and looks visually stunning, helped by magnificent Turkish and Moroccan backdrops. In the first part of the film Shahrazad tells the tales of "Ali Baba", "The Hunchback" and "Aladdin". Only the first half of the tale of "The Hunchback" is told, which is a shame because it has been done well; and I was looking forward to "The Story of the Tailor". Curiously the character of ‘the Christian' was replaced with a totally out of place Englishman (who just happened to be wandering through Basrah in the 11th century). In this movie Aladdin's cave is filled with terracotta warriors rather than treasure! These warriors are guarding the lamp, which is therefore quite easy for Aladdin to find because its position behind the statues is obvious. The second part of the film concludes the story of "Aladdin" (rather slowly) and tells the tales of "The Sleeper Awakened" and "Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Peri Banou". "The Sleeper Awakened" is in fact a telling of a part of the original, this version ending with the Polonius-like death of the eves-dropping Haroun Al-Raschid. Also in this part an invented dispute between Shahriar and his brother Shahzaman becomes more and more intrusive. NB. Shahriar was a Persian king; not an Arabic sultan - and his capital may have been Ctesiphon. It certainly was not Baghdad, which was not built until 762 AD, 121 years after the end of the Sassanid dynasty. Whilst this is enough of an inaccuracy, the original story actually implies that he ruled the eastern half of the Sassanian empire and Shahzaman the western half, so his capital may well have been much farther east - after all we are told in the prologue that Shahriar "lived and ruled in India and Indochina".


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