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The Favorite (1989)

At the dawn of the 19th century, a young French woman is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Prince Michael of Greece (novel) (as Prince Michael), Larry Yust (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Abdul Hamid
Maud Adams ... Sineperver
Amber O'Shea Amber O'Shea ... Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry
James Michael Gregary James Michael Gregary ... Selim
Ron Dortch Ron Dortch ... Tulip
Laurent Le Doyen Laurent Le Doyen ... Sebastiani
Jonathan Vuille Jonathan Vuille ... Young Mahmud
Francesco Quinn ... Adult Mahmud
Glenn Scarpelli ... Mustafa
Andréa Parisy ... Mirishah
Gérard Touroul Gérard Touroul ... Priest
Tom McGreevey Tom McGreevey ... Uncle (as Thomas McGreevey)
Celeste Simpson-Boyd Celeste Simpson-Boyd ... Zinah
Robere Kazadi Robere Kazadi ... Orchid
Garth Wilton Garth Wilton ... British Consul
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At the dawn of the 19th century, a young French woman is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. She begins to influence the sultan toward more fair manners of solving his conflicts, but finds herself at odds with another of his wives, who wants her son Mustafa to become the new sultan. As the years pass, she must deal with the new sultan's advances while protecting her adopted son Mahmud, and helping the Sultanate against the Russians who have modern weapons. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

He stole her innocence. She stole his heart....and his empire.

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimate Power See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ascona Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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The story is only a legend and not rooted in historical fact See more »

Quotes

Selim: He kisses Aimee and says I love you. What's wrong?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: I can't stop thinking about him.
Selim: Who?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Who? That boy.
Selim: They had the right to do it. The genesaries guard the bazaar.
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Nobody has the right to do that. Destroy the cruelty. Get rid of them.
Selim: How do you suggest I do that hmm? My uncle tried and so has every sultan for the past 200 years.
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: The Russians kill many with their guns. Why can't you just get modern weapons like the russians have?
Selim: Who would ask Russians for their guns?
Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: Don't make fun of me? ...
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this movie is wonderfully bad
7 November 2006 | by imdb-14146See all my reviews

This film has all the trappings of a B movie.

The costuming is remarkably bad (there's tulle and lame everywhere), the acting is hokey, and the writing a little less than mediocre.

But I _love_ this film nonetheless. I own it and watch it every now and again. I enjoy the cheesiness, and it's best enjoyed with a friend or two over drinks and hearty commentary and giggles. It's a wonderful orientalist film with glitter and glam mixed with quite a bit of fantasy.

It is based on a true story, and I am surprised every time to see it was actually filmed at Topkapi palace.


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