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Paris-educated Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Rudolph Valentino) provides brides for wealthy Arabs. The high-spirited Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres), learning that the sheik will be in the city of Biskra, Algeria, playfully decides to disguise herself as a dancing girl to become one of the prospective brides, yet is unable to go through with the deception -- much to Ahmed's amusement. Hearing that Diana will be touring the Sahara Desert, Ahmed abducts her, intending to make her fall in love with him.

Cast & Crew

Rudolph Valentino
Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan
Agnes Ayres
Lady Diana Mayo
Adolphe Menjou
Raoul de Saint Hubert
Walter Long
Omair (the bandit)
Lucien Littlefield
Gaston (French valet)
George Waggner
Yousaef (tribal chieftain)
Patsy Ruth Miller
Zilahl (a marriage market prospect)
F.R. Butler
Sir Aubrey Mayo
Edith Maude Hull
Writer (Novel)
Roger Bellon
Original Music
William Marshall
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Sheik

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for The Sheik

  • Aug 14, 2015
    Dark and swarthy, Valentino, playing an Arab, stands over a lily-white British woman that he's kidnapped, leering at her quite literally like a maniac. "What do you want," she asks. "Aren't you woman enough to know," he gloats. And there's the appeal in a nutshell: will a darkie sully a paragon of virtue? Not to worry though, there's no sex until after it's revealed that he's actually English, actually a white man. I was only saddened. And they rioted when he died. Sad. Oh, and the film? Eh.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2011
    A predictable romance drama, with some adventure. It's pretty good, but the ending was bad if you ask me, I didn't care for it, it was silly.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2009
    Rudolf Valentino died at the age of 31, he became a greater star than ever--or rather, something greater still than a star, a cult. There's no one quite like him for whispering sweet, silent nothings into his heroine's ears, or blowing smoke rings... As for the film The Sheik (directed, for the record, by George Melford), it proved nearly as much of a sensation as its star's subsequent funeral. Droves of women spectators swooned in the aisles and Arab motifs became a filmic fad for several years to come. So very successful was it, in fact, it spawned a sequel, Valentino's last film, The Son of the Sheik.
    Cinema F Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2009
    Overall I liked it, I thought that some of the scene ran long. I was like a 'Beauty and The Beast" story. I could see why women loved Valentino, he's pretty hot in this film.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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