The Thief of Bagdad
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 25, 1940
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Consensus: Dashing, dazzling, and altogether magical, The Thief of Bagdad is an enchanting fantasy for children of all ages.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This 1940 movie is one of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

In this most lavish production the carefully planned colour scheme and the skillful use of the camera make the film one of the most satisfactory colour films yet created.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Alexander Korda's opulent Arabian Nights fantasy suffers from pallid performances and frequently succumbs to kitsch, but it still casts its fragile spell.

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Don Macpherson
Time Out

A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

A wonderfully atmospheric Arabian Nights adventure for children of all ages.

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Variety Staff

The Thief of Bagdad is a colorful, lavish and eye-appealing spectacle.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Ranks next to Fantasia as the most beguiling and wondrous film of this troubled season.

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Emanuel Levy

An enchanting, supremely mounted fable that deservedly won the techical Oscars in 1940, and still is most enjoyable today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Colorful hooey has committed performances from the cast who remain straight faced amid preposterous situations. However you know that going in so just sit back… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Amazingly imaginative adventure of colorful, epic proportions. a blast if you haven't lost you inner child.
Wahida K
Very cute classic with great special effects for movie made in 40`s
Veronique Kwak
the best vintage flick ever made upon the theme of arabian nights, and it integrates several mythical tales such as the most well-known "djinin in the… More
Devon Bott
It's only a matter of time before hollywood does a big budget, computerized-effects version of this movie starring Shia LeBouf or Zach Effron as Abu. In… More
xGary Xx
The effects inevitably look very dated, but this old school swashbuckler still has some moments of magic, and Sabu is one of the few child stars I didn't… More