Omar Khayyam (1957)





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Frank Freeman Jr., son of the longtime head of Paramount Pictures, made his debut as producer with the opulent but empty Omar Khayyam. Cornel Wilde stars as the legendary Persian poet, here depicted as not only a philosopher but a scientist, politician and great lover. As the Persians gear up for war against the Byzantines, Omar occupies his time by romancing Sharain (Debra Paget), the favorite wife of the Shah (Raymond Massey). He also does his best to foil a plan by Hasani (Michael Rennie), leader of the Cult of Assassins, to murder the royal family. While many of the characters and events are based on fact, it is difficult to believe the story or the dialogue for more than ten minutes at a stretch. Singer Yma Sumac, then famous for her four-and-a-half octave vocal range, is somehow woven into the proceedings. When Omar Khayyam laid an egg at the box-office, a Hollywood wit, taking into consideration the Southern heritage of Frank Freeman Jr., assessed the results as "A loaf of bread, a bottle of coke and you-all."
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Cornel Wilde
as Omar Khayyam
Michael Rennie
as Hasani Sabah
Debra Paget
as Sharain
Raymond Massey
as The Shah
John Derek
as Malik the Young Prince
Yma Sumac
as Karina
Maggie Hayes
as Zarada
Joan Taylor
as Yaffa
Perry Lopez
as Prince Ahmud
Morris Ankrum
as Imam Mowaffak
Edward Platt
as Jayhan
Peter Adams
as Master Herald
Kem Dibbs
as Tutush Bodyguard
Valerie Allen
as Harem Wife
Charles La Torre
as Army Physician
John Abbott
as Yusuf
Len Hendry
as Courier
Joyce Meadows
as Harem Girl
Abdel Salam Moussa
as Shah's Soldier
Henry Brandon
as Commander
Paul Picerni
as Commander
Maggie Hayes
as Zarada
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What I liked about it, is that it stunk but its smell wasn't that bad.

Full Review… | March 15, 2009
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Colorful but cardboard costumer.

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