The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad
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Rating 4.7
80 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Includes Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Language and Subtitles in English & Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1940
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 - English
    • Mono 1.0 - Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , , , , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by , , , , &
Edited by &
Written by &
Composition by
Cinematography by &
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I'm Abu the thief, son of Abu the thief, grandson of Abu the thief, most unfortunate of ten sons with a hunger that yearns day and night."
  - Abu (SABU)
"This is the Land of Legend, where everything is possible when seen through the eyes of youth."
  - Old King (MORTON SELTEN)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1940 - Best Cinematography: Georges Perinal
Academy Awards 1940 - Best Color Interior Decoration
Academy Awards 1940 - Best Special Effects

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 12/06/2002
"...The most beloved magic-carpet fantasy ever, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD is a constant Technicolor dazzler..."
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's packed full of all the required ingredients of a fantasy film and is imaginatively visualized."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2006
"Alexander Korda enlisted a small army of directors to make this fantasy. The craftsmanship astounds."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/30/3008
"As glorious as any adventure film ever made....THE THIEF OF BAGDAD is both lush and playful, a fairy tale with gasping suspense."

Description by OLDIES.com:

All aboard for one of the best fantasy-adventures of any movie era! This spectacular triple Oscar winner drawn from The Arabian Nights is filled with fascinating effects, exotic settings and full-tilt excitement!

Fifteen-year-old Sabu plays Abu, a clever vagabond determined to defeat the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) and restore the rightful ruler (John Justin) to the throne. Abu knows he must rely on all his courage and cunning to complete his glorious quest. And, luckily, he has help from an unexpected source: a hulking 50-foot genie (Rex Ingram) who will grant three wishes if Abu frees him from a bottle!

Product Description:

A story of pure fantasy in the best Arabian Nights' tradition stars Sabu as the cunning young thief of Bagdad who encounters evil spells, magic carpets, and endless adventure. THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD has spectacular special effects by any standard and earned four Academy Awards, including Best (Color) Cinematography and Best Special Effects.

Plot Synopsis:

This wondrous fantasy comes out of the pages of "A Thousand and One Nights." When the nefarious Jaffar usurps the Sultan's throne, the princess's beloved suitor Ahmad and the strong and handsome thief Abu use magic to help the king regain power. To defeat them, Jaffar causes Ahmad to go blind, and turns Abu into a dog. But the heroes overcome these adversities and conquer many other mortal dangers before reclaiming the kingdom.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Classic | Essential Cinema | Family (General) | Fantasy | Recommended | Swashbuckler | Thieves | Witches And Wizards

Production Notes:

  • Shot in London and the US. The Grand Canyon was used for some of the Arabian desert locations. Color by Technicolor.
  • Additional cast: Bruce Winston (merchant), Adelaide Hall (singer).
  • Additional credits: Natalie Kalmus (Technicolor director).

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.7
Based on 80 ratings.
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Rating 5.0 The Thief will steal your heart... Movie Lover: from Sunny Isles Beach -- November, 5, 2005

This movie, if I remember correctly, came out the same year as The Wizard of Oz, and was totally eclipsed. And that is such a shame, for it is such a fantasy tour-de-force! The popular young star Sabu makes a great street urchin who pals up with the blinded-by-evil-spell Prince of Baghdad. Together, they travel to the ends of the earth in search of a cure for the Prince, adventure for our lovable young thief, and the rescue of a beautiful enchanted Princess from the sorcerous clutches of the deliciously evil Conrad Veidt. And you'll love Rex Ingram as the mighty Genie with just enough patience and forebearance to put up with Sabu's endless rash antics. The Wizard of Oz was a color spectacular, but The Thief of Baghdad is every bit as wonderful a movie.


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  • UPC: 027616881533
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