Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Director: Steven Barron Cast: Mili Avital, Dougray Scott, Alan Bates

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2016
UPC: 0683904544735
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Mill Creek Ent
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:58:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mili Avital Scheherezade
Dougray Scott Schahriar
Alan Bates The Storyteller
Jason Scott Lee Aladdin
John Leguizamo Lamp Genie/Ring Genie
Rufus Sewell Ali Baba
Tchéky Karyo Black Coda
Alexei Sayle BacBac
James Frain Actor
Jim Carter Actor
Vanessa Mae Actor
Peter Guinness Actor
Oded Fehr Robber
Hugh Quarshie Actor
Richard Harvey Conductor

Technical Credits
Steven Barron Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Peter Barnes Screenwriter
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Allison Cowitt Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Nina Gold Casting
Robert Halmi Executive Producer
Robert Halmi Executive Producer
Richard Harvey Score Composer
Dyson Lovell Producer
Choi Ho Man Art Director
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Eve Ramboz Special Effects
Ben Van Os Production Designer
David Yardley Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Arabian Nights: The Complete Mini-Series Event
1. Chapter 1 [29:57]
2. Chapter 2 [19:01]
3. Chapter 3 [39:18]
4. Chapter 4 [1:06]
1. Chapter 1 [24:26]
2. Chapter 2 [47:21]
3. Chapter 3 [15:34]
4. Chapter 4 [1:10]

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great retelling of the story of shahrazad and the 1001 nights she kept herself alive by telling stories. Some of the stories are portrayed here, so you actually get more than just one story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very ordinary product. Apparently a budget basement and an amateurish production. It gives the impression of a series of takes put together with careless editing. Older DVD versions of Arabian Nights are far better and entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened to see this movie with my classmates a few years ago and to our surprise we all really liked it. The movie simply flowed with Sherazade cleverly postponing her persecution by telling her husband stories. There are a lot of good subplots and I especially liked the end scene where we find out that she happens to be telling the story to her two boys rather than the viewers as we are led to believe. Narration is often sloppy but here is nicely done. It's a good movie.
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