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Les 1001 nuits (1990)

Zany subversion of the 1001 Nights myth that skips all of the stories and simply focuses on the lovely Scheherazade's escape from the lustful king with the help of a magic lamp and a time traveling astrologist.

Director:

Philippe de Broca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Sheherazade
Gérard Jugnot ... Jimmy Genious
Stéphane Freiss ... Aladin
Thierry Lhermitte ... The King
Vittorio Gassman ... Sinbad
Roger Carel ... The Great Vizier
Marc Dudicourt Marc Dudicourt
Georges Montillier Georges Montillier ... The Executioner
Alfredo Pea Alfredo Pea ... Agib
Valérie Rojan Valérie Rojan
Eric Métayer ... Abdullah
Joy Graham Joy Graham ... Mrs. Wilson
Maurice Lane Maurice Lane ... Mr. Wilson
Tim Holm Tim Holm ... The Chief Inspector
Raymond Aquilon Raymond Aquilon ... The Grand Eunuch
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Storyline

A satirical subversive take on the 1001 Nights legend that skips all the stories and puts Scheherazade herself at the center of the adventure. In ancient times, nubile but virginal Scheherazade must use her charms and wits to escape the Middle Eastern king who plans to bed her whether she likes it or not. She's helped on her journey by an astrologist from her own time teleported by a genie to present day London, where he became a proper English gentleman in order to fit it. Whenever Scheherazade is in trouble, he uses the time portal in his TV set to travel back and forth through time and send her the help she needs, including anachronistic escape vehicles like a motorcycle or an airplane. After temporarily teaming up with a couple of more allies, visiting London and losing all of her clothes more than once in the process, Scheherazade realizes that she can't just run forever and comes up with a risky plan. Written by Cyril Morcrette <cyril@ceci.mit.edu>

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A breathless Arabian adventure you will never forget. See more »


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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

11 April 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheherazade See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Catherine Zeta-Jones's voice was dubbed. See more »

Quotes

The Great Vizier: [walks over to Sheherazade and wakes her up] I must cut off your head.
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Patience through a slow start rewards with great humour
4 June 2002 | by susannealiaSee all my reviews

This movie, or pair of movies, has a relatively slow start, but warms up and accelerates to a rip-roaring laughter rate, well worth the patience. I would definitely watch it again if I found it, and would also go get my family to enjoy the fun.


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