The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)

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A pair of young men living in the 21st century relive the tales of one of their ancient forbearers in this historical drama. Kamran (Adam Echahly) is a 12-year-old boy of Iranian heritage whose older brother, Nader (Puya Behinaein), is slowly dying. Kamran and Nader's family puts a great value on preserving the oral history of their ancestors, and Nader is passing on this responsibility by telling his brother the story of their distant relative, the great scientist and poet Omar Khayyam (Bruno Lastra). In the 11th century, Omar is close friends with Hassan Sabbeh (Christopher Simpson), a passionate Muslim warrior, and they are both infatuated with the lovely Darya (Marie Espinosa). However, in time Omar and Hassan's paths in life diverge; Omar joins the court of the Sultan Malikshah (Moritz Bleibtreu) and uses his considerable wisdom to study mathematics and the stars, while Hassan succumbs to his rage and forms a cult of killers known as the Assassins. The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam was the first feature film for Iranian-American director Kayvan Mashayekh.

Cast

C. Thomas Howell
as Coach Fielding
Diane Baker
as Miss Taylor
Vanessa Redgrave
as The Countess
Darius Irannejat
as Grandfather
Shani Rigsbee
as Court Entertainer
Apik Youssefian
as Old Woman
Yasmin Paige
as Young Darya
Richard Dillard
as Mr. Saxon
Daniel Black
as Young Omar
Bruno Lastra
as Omar Khayyam
Christopher Simpson
as Hassan Sabbah
Sarah Hadaway
as Omar's Mother
Hanane Joumal
as Echahly Shahin
Andy Madadian
as Ali Ben-Sabbah
Rade Serbedzija
as Imam Muaffak
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Sultan Malikshah
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Critic Reviews for The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama.

Mar 22, 2006 | Full Review…

The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater.

Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

The director approaches the enormity of his task with an earnest enthusiasm, offering a likable alternative to the assembly-line banality of so many family films.

Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself.

Jan 12, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues.

Jan 12, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
Newsday
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A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux.

Jan 11, 2006
Variety
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