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Arabian Nights (2000)

Cast: Mili Avital, Mili Avital, Dougray Scott, more...
Director: Steven Barron, Steven Barron
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Hallmark
Genre: Television
Running Time: 175 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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In this made-for-TV retelling of the classic tale A Thousand and One Nights, a woman discovers the ability to spin a good yarn is literally a matter of life and death. Schahriar (Dougray Scott), a powerful sultan who rules Bagdad, has developed a bitterness and distrust of women ever since he discovered his first wife was unfaithful to him. He no longer trusts the fair sex and has vowed to never marry again, but circumstances force him to wed Scheherezade (Mili Avital), a beautiful girl he's known since he was a child. Schahriar decides that if he must marry Scheherezade, he will murder her after their wedding night. Scheherezade, however, is understandably unenthusiastic about this idea, and to postpone her execution, begins regaling Schahriar with a long series of fascinating stories; by keeping him intrigued with her fables of adventure and honor, she hopes his heart will soften and she will be allowed to live. Scheherezade's stories include the tales of Ali Baba (Rufus Sewell), BacBac the Hunchback (Alexei Sayle), Aladdin (Jason Scott-Lee), the Genie of the Lamp (John Leguizamo), and many more. Arabian Nights was originally shown as a two-part miniseries, with the first episode airing on ABC on April 30, 2000. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Imaginative production by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 12:23 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A thoroughly enjoyable, lavishly produced version of this classic. Like the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series, it made good use of the creative talents of art directors, costume designers, and special-effects experts, without shortchanging the plot or the screenplay. I was a little nervous about the narrative device of focusing so heavily on the backstory for Scheherezade and her sultan, which threatened to get all PC, sticky-sweet, and anachronistic, but the director pulled it off. The cast is above average. The conceptions are original. The costumes and sets are several notches above the usual. Watching this disc has made me want to go put my hands on a good translation of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

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