The Thief of Baghdad

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  • Fantasy films
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It's a faltering hand stoking the high camp fire here. Behind the ornate theatricality and sumptuous effects of this remake there lurks a total lack of conviction. Hyperactive McDowall (the thief) is upstaged by old pro Ustinov as the Caliph; Kabir Bedi, once India's 'highest paid male model', is a joke as the prince, meant to symbolise the alliance of magic and muscle; and Terence Stamp, as a lethargic representative of Supreme Evil, simply waits around for henchmen or flying carpets to do the dirty work.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Clive Donner
Screenwriter: AJ Carothers
Cast: Roddy McDowall
Peter Ustinov
Terence Stamp
Kabir Bedi
Frank Finlay
Marina Vlady
Pavla Ustinov
Daniel Emilfork
Ian Holm
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