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Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs (2007)

TV Movie | 180 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In around 800 AD, two men divide up the world: the Emperor Charlemagne in the West and, ruling from Baghdad, the Caliph Rachid Pacha in the East. The Caliph sends to Charlemagne an ambassador who brings with him an elephant as a gift. ...See moreIn around 800 AD, two men divide up the world: the Emperor Charlemagne in the West and, ruling from Baghdad, the Caliph Rachid Pacha in the East. The Caliph sends to Charlemagne an ambassador who brings with him an elephant as a gift. Considering the animal to be a symbol of force, and thus a threat, Charlemagne decides to respond by sending emissaries back to the Caliph. The Emperor entrusts his imperial cross, encrusted with an enormous ruby, to a monk, a man of letters little inclined to action, father Seraphim. In this way, Charlemagne aims to display his force and wealth to Rachid Pacha and, in so doing, to maintain the balance of power between the two empires. At the end of a long voyage, Charlemagne's emissaries, accompanied by the Caliph's ambassadors, make a final halt in an oasis where they are killed by a gang of thieves. Charlemagne's cross is stolen but Father Seraphim is miraculously spared by the thieves as is young Morgiane, the magician Al Miradjan's daughter. This young woman will be bought at a slave market by Cassim, Ali Baba's greedy and vain brother. The 40 thieves are in fact under the orders of the great vizier, or minister, Yaya, and of Caliph's repudiated wife, Zubayda, who have secretly organized the massacre of the ambassadors in the hopes of sparking a diplomatic crisis and forcing Rachid Pacha to declare war on Charlemagne. With Rachid Pacha gone off to fight, Zubayda could take over the power. Discovering the treasure in the cave, Ali Baba cannot resist the temptation of grabbing Charlemagne's cross. His fateful encounter with History is sealed. From that point on, Ali Baba will struggle with a host of problems : how to keep his discovery secret, how to escape the wrathful vengeance of Malik, the leader of the thieves, how to settle the arrangements for the marriage of his oldest son, Slimane, who, in the meantime, has fallen in love with the beautiful Morgiane, and no longer wants to marry his father's choice, and, finally, how to get his wife to live in peace with his sister-in-law, Ouria who has been widowed when the 40 thieves caught her husband, Cassim, in their cave and cut him up in little pieces. The plot thickens even more for Ali Baba when he invites Father Seraphim into his home and learns the reasons for the monk's coming to Baghdad. The West must combine forces with the East in order to foil the plans of the infamous Yaya and of the terrifying Zubayda, to save the beautiful Morgiane who has been kidnapped by the Vizier and to reach the unapproachable Caliph and reveal the villainous plot to him and give him back Charlemagne's cross. World peace depends on their success. Written by Anonymous See less
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Michel Delgado (scenario and dialogue) (adaptation) | Claude-Michel Rome (adaptation)
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€ 10,000,000
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Oct 13, 2007 (Belgium)

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53 cast members
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Gérard Jugnot
Ali Baba Ali Baba   See fewer
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Leïla Bekhti
Morgiane Morgiane   See fewer
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Michèle Bernier
Yasmina Yasmina   See fewer
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Marc Ruchmann
Sliman Sliman   See fewer
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Ken Duken
Séraphin Séraphin   See fewer
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Farida Rahouadj
Zubayda Zubayda   See fewer
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Hammou Graïa
Ya-Ya le Vizir Ya-Ya le Vizir   See fewer
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Karim Belkhadra
Youssef Youssef   See fewer
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David Martins
Toufik Toufik   See fewer
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Amidou
Le Caliphe Le Caliphe   See fewer
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Luca Ward
Mustapha Mustapha   See fewer
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Amal El Atrache
Fouzia (as Amal El Atrach) Fouzia (as Amal El Atrach)   See fewer
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Mohamed Khouyi
Ambassadeur Ambassadeur   See fewer
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Ahmed Farah
Ambassadeur (as Mohamed Farah Aouane) Ambassadeur (as Mohamed Farah Aouane)   See fewer
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Ahmed Reddani
Ambassadeur Ambassadeur   See fewer
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Hubert Saint-Macary
Al Miradjan Al Miradjan   See fewer
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Doc Gynéco
Kif le génie Kif le génie   See fewer
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Nicky Marbot
Clodic Clodic   See fewer
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Abdelkader Lofti
Marchand d'esclaves Marchand d'esclaves   See fewer
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Affif Ben Badra
Hassan (as Ben Badra) Hassan (as Ben Badra)   See fewer
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Lucien Layani
Le savetier Le savetier   See fewer
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Mohamed El Mamoun
Fils Al Miradjan Fils Al Miradjan   See fewer
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Mohamed Erritab
Fils Al Miradjan Fils Al Miradjan   See fewer
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Bertrand Ello
Eunuque harem Eunuque harem   See fewer
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Mohamed Majd
L'imam L'imam   See fewer
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Yassin Taha
Le petit graçon Le petit graçon   See fewer
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Farid Regragui
Le chef des sentinelles Le chef des sentinelles   See fewer
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Alain Stern
Mokhtar le cuistot Mokhtar le cuistot   See fewer
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Aazam Bahloul
L'aboyeur (as Mohamed Azzam) L'aboyeur (as Mohamed Azzam)   See fewer
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Mohamed Nesrate
Le marchand de bijoux Le marchand de bijoux   See fewer
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Abdesselam Bouhasni
Le soldat / Marin Le soldat / Marin   See fewer
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Mouss Diouf
Le menuisier Le menuisier   See fewer
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Mehdi
Le cadi Le cadi   See fewer
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Déborah Amsellem
Fille harem Fille harem   See fewer
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Olivia Barreau
Fille harem Fille harem   See fewer
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Mathilde Mosnier
Fille harem Fille harem   See fewer
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Mahmoudi M'Barek
Chef patrouille (as M'Barek El Mahmoudi) Chef patrouille (as M'Barek El Mahmoudi)   See fewer
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Mostafa Hnini
Garde du palais Garde du palais   See fewer
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Anwar Bounia
Paysan Paysan   See fewer
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Mohamed Mahraoui Tziri
Acheteur esclave Acheteur esclave   See fewer
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Malek Akhmiss
Le badaud (as Abdelmalek Akhmiss) Le badaud (as Abdelmalek Akhmiss)   See fewer
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Fadwa El Mamoune
La passante La passante   See fewer
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Hicham Jamaleddine
Le passant Le passant   See fewer
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Faycal Attougui
Le voleur (as Fayçal Attougui) Le voleur (as Fayçal Attougui)   See fewer
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Pierre Vial
Le mendiant Le mendiant   See fewer
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Hami Belal
Le marchand des légumes Le marchand des légumes   See fewer
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Pierre Aknine
Un passant (uncredited) Un passant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacques Spiesser
Le juge (uncredited) Le juge (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.6 / 10 | 214 votes