The Thief of Bagdad
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In ancient Bagdad, Abu, a good-natured young thief (Sabu), befriends the deposed king Ahmad (John Justin) as both are imprisoned in the palace dungeon, awaiting execution under orders from the evil vizier Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), who has seized the throne. But they escape and make their way to Basra, where Ahmad, now living as a beggar, meets and falls in love with the Princess (June Duprez), who has been betrothed by her father the Sultan (Miles Malleson, who also wrote the screenplay) to Jaffar. Their fight for the love of the Princess triggers a series of adventures for the young Abu that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 1940 movie is one of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Treating cinema as a giant toy box, Korda resembles a child with an overactive imagination, giddily piling on every exotic and magical conceit the story can handle."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A wonderfully atmospheric Arabian Nights adventure for children of all ages."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"it's impossible not to notice how much of the imagery we associate with "Arabian nights" -- genies, bottles, magic carpets, evil sultans -- comes directly from this film"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Despite some sluggish spots, the result is still dazzling, enough to enchant entirely new generations of dreamy children."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Alexander Korda's opulent Arabian Nights fantasy suffers from pallid performances and frequently succumbs to kitsch, but it still casts its fragile spell."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects."
‑ , Time Out
"An enchanting, supremely mounted fable that deservedly won the techical Oscars in 1940, and still is most enjoyable today."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This lavish enterprise from producer Alexander Korda reveled in the brave new visual world that The Wizard of Oz explored only the year before."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A fable light on condescension but committed enough to the pleasure principle that the audience is served one giddy act of visual sorcery after another."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"The Thief of Bagdad is a colorful, lavish and eye-appealing spectacle."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Ranks next to Fantasia as the most beguiling and wondrous film of this troubled season."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of the best ever fantasy films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
" a Bollywood take on 1001 Arabian Nights."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Not quite as charming or magical as the original…best are Abu's adventures with Ingram's baleful genie, whose meeting on the beach with Abu is an unforgettable highlight."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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