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|Directed by||Kevin Connor|
|Produced by||John Dark|
|Written by||Brian Hayles (screenplay)|
|Music by||Ken Thorne|
|Edited by||Barry Peters|
|Distributed by||Association Film Distribution|
An evil caliph (Christopher Lee) offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to a prince if he can complete a perilous quest for a magical rose. Helped by a young boy and a magic carpet, Prince Hasan (Oliver Tobias), has to overcome genies, fire breathing monsters and treacherous swamps to reach his prize and claim the hand of the Princess Zuleira (Emma Samms).
- Christopher Lee as Alquazar
- Milo O'Shea as Khasim
- Oliver Tobias as Prince Hasan
- Emma Samms as Princess Zuleira
- Puneet Sira as Majeed
- Peter Cushing as Wazir Al Wuzara
- Capucine as Vahishta
- Mickey Rooney as Daad El Shur
- John Wyman as Bahloul
- John Ratzenberger as Achmed
- Shane Rimmer as Abu
- Hal Galili as Asaf
- Art Malik as Mamhoud
- Milton Reid as Jinnee
- Elisabeth Welch as Beggarwoman
- Suzanne Danielle as Eastern Dancer
- Roy Stewart as Nubian
The film was the last of several fantasy movies Connor and Dark made together including The Land That Time Forgot, At the Earth's Core and Warlords of Atlantis. It was far less successful at the box office though.
In April 1978 EMI Films announced they would make the film as part of a series of films they wanted to produce with the newly-formed Orion Pictures. Others included Chinese Bandit and Cutter and Bone. It did end up being one of Orion's first films, along with A Little Romance, Over the Edge, Promises in the Dark, Heart Beat, The Wanderers and 10.
Filming took place in September 1978.
- Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 153
- By, A. H. (1978, Apr 19). Orion's star rises in hollywood. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/123743283?accountid=13902
- Kilday, G. (1978, Nov 01). FILM CLIPS. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/158712364?accountid=13902
- The dusky handmaiden. (1978, Sep 04). The Guardian (1959-2003) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/186060271?accountid=13902
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