The Favorite

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The Favorite (Intimate Power)
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Directed by Jack Smight
Produced by Georges-Alain Vuille
Ascona Films Inc.
Written by Prince Michael of Greece (novel)
Larry Yust (screenplay)
Starring F. Murray Abraham
Maud Adams
Francesco Quinn
Amber O'Shea
Music by William Goldstein
Cinematography Giorgio Tonti
Howard Wexler
Edited by Dennis Virkler
Devon Heffley Curry, adr supervisor
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
9 August 1989 (France)
Running time
104 min.
Country United States
Language English

For the opera by Donizetti, see La favorite. For the stadium in Palermo, Italy, see La Favorita. For the Canadian early music ensemble, see La Favoritte. For the Brazilian soap opera, see A Favorita.

The Favorite (also titled Intimate Power) is a 1989 film based on the life story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry (1776-1817) that takes place at the dawn of the 19th century. It is the final film of director Jack Smight.


A young French woman named Aimee is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. She begins to influence the sultan toward more fair manners of solving his conflicts, but finds herself at odds with another of his wives, who wants her son Mustafa to become the new sultan. As the years pass, she must deal with the new sultan's advances while protecting her adopted son Mahmud, and helping the Ottoman Empire against the Russians who have better weapons than they do.

The source for the story is a novel by Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark titled Sultana - La Nuit du Serail.




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