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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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Storyline

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 »

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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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Trivia

Aimée du Buc de Rivéry was born 4th December 1768 the daughter of wealthy French plantation owners in Pointe Royale, south-west of Robert on the Caribbean island of Martinique. After being sent to a convent school in France, she was returning home in July or August 1788 when the ship she was on vanished at sea. It is thought that the ship was attacked and taken by Barbary pirates. It has been suggested that she was enslaved and eventually sent to Constantinople as a gift to the Ottoman Sultan by the Bey of Algiers. See more »

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Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry: What a liar I am.
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A Good rainy day movie
25 April 2004 | by shellraSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the former review. While it has been a long time since I have seen this particular movie. I can think of far worse ways to spend an hour and 45 minutes!

It is however, a movie that has a hard time fitting into a category. As an historical movie, it is highly fictionalized (although it is based on a real person who did in fact bring Christianity to the royal family of, I believe, Turkey.) It has too much gore to really be a romance.

As for the acting, I really liked F. Murray Abraham's performance. Amber O'Shea could be seen as rather Lackluster, but I generally prefer an understated performance. Ron Dortch, as Tulip, was really good.

One final word of warning. While I saw nothing in this movie that was not included to further the storyline, I did recommend this to a friend who was highly offended by the sexual nature of a few scenes. But hey, the movie was about a young European girl who finds herself married to a Turkish Aga, and conceives his heir. What can you expect!


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