Best Movies by Farr

The Thief of Baghdad

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What's it About

Based on a tale from "The Arabian Nights," a boy named Abu (Sabu) must break the spell of evil wizard Jaffar (Veidt), who's turned him into a dog and struck blind his friend Prince Ahmad (Justin) in order to seize absolute power in Baghdad. Luckily, Abu finds a bottle which, when opened, releases an enormous genie (Rex). Can the genie help them thwart Jaffar's enormous power, return them to human form, and restore Ahmad to his rightful throne? 

Why we love it

Peerless family entertainment. 1992's "Aladdin" owes much to this film and the Disney folks chose some divine inspiration. "Thief" is artfully paced, gorgeously shot in vibrant early Technicolor, and delivers a bounty of old-fashioned derring-do. German actor Veidt's Jaffar ranks as one of the most memorable villains in screen history. Rub the lamp and let the adventure begin!

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"