The Sheik
The Sheik (1921)

In this silent film, an English woman, Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres), is kidnapped by the passionate and handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Rudolph Valentino). As Diana struggles to escape her captor, she is again taken hostage by a ruthless… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1921
DVD Release Date: May 28, 1992
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Sean Axmaker
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The film, directed by George Melford, has it both ways as it plays on the western fantasies of exoticism and romanticizes sexual slavery, but presents the Sheik as something of a prankster who treats the whole thing as a joke ...

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Landmark film that was never all that hot with a solution so jaw-droppingly racist that it's hard to believe.

Dennis Schwartz
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It's one of those films that should be seen by film buffs and those interested in films as history.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Dark and swarthy, Valentino (the reputation larger than my experience with his films), playing an Arab, stands over a lily white British woman that he's… More
Cinema Films
Rudolf Valentino died at the age of 31, he became a greater star than ever--or rather, something greater still than a star, a cult. There's no one quite… More
Aj V
A predictable romance drama, with some adventure. It's pretty good, but the ending was bad if you ask me, I didn't care for it, it was silly.
Marion Ravenwood
Overall I liked it, I thought that some of the scene ran long. I was like a 'Beauty and The Beast" story. I could see why women loved Valentino,… More
Byron Brubaker
Agnes Ayres as Diana Mayo was introduced as an adventurous Englishwoman, but in reality she spends most of the time cowering in cliched leading lady fashion.… More