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805 Ratings

The Thief of Bagdad

United Kingdom, 1940


Prince Ahmad, cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place and the heart of a princess in Alexander Korda’s The Thief of Bagdad, an eye-popping special effects pioneer and one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made.

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The Thief of Bagdad Directed by Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 3 wins including: Best Cinematography, Color

1941 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Score

Critics reviews

It is extremely charming without being one of the masterpieces of the era. It suffers from having a bland pair of actors as Ahmad and the princess who loves him, and Sabu is perhaps a trifle too irrepressible as the titular thief, Abu. Miles Malleson, the comic character actor who co-scripted the film, steals the show as a Sultan so obsessed with elaborate mechanical toys that he trades his daughter to the villainous Jaffar for the flying horse.
July 02, 2015
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