The Sheik

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In this silent film, an English woman, Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres), is kidnapped by the passionate and handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Rudolph Valentino). As Diana struggles to escape her captor, she is again taken hostage by a ruthless desert scoundrel (Walter Long), and it is up to the sheik to save her.


Critic Reviews for The Sheik

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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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