Secret of the Sultan

Secret of the Sultan (Turkish: Sultanın Sırrı) is a 2010 Turkish action film, directed by Hakan Şahin and written and produced by historian and journalist Ömer Erbil, starring Emanuel Bettencourt as an American professor in Istanbul to search for the sultan's mysterious chest in the hidden underground cloisters of Topkapı Palace with the help of his friend Mark Dacascos. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on 17 December 2010 (2010-12-17), was made with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency. It was described by Hürriyet Daily News reviewer Emrah Güler as a mixture of the "National Treasure" movies and Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons"[1][2]

Secret of the Sultan
Secret of the Sultan Theatrical Poster
Directed byHakan Şahin
Produced byÖmer Erbil
Written byÖmer Erbil
Music byEngin Arslan
CinematographyTolga Kutlar
Release date
  • 17 December 2010 (2010-12-17)


An American professor travels to Istanbul to find a mysterious century-old chest built by Sultan Abdülhamid II, which he believes is relevant to the present political power games over oil. His search leads him discover long-forgotten underground cloisters at Topkapı Palace, now the Topkapı Museum, where he confronts a patriotic museum curator and the Turkish intelligence. Conspiracies going back to the Gulf Wars, the Iran-Iraq War, World War I, and as far as the final years of the Ottoman Empire are revealed in the course of his investigation.


The film was shot on location in Istanbul, Turkey, at such historic landmarks as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Yildiz Palace and the Istanbul Archaeology Museums.[1]


The film premiered at a gala screening, attended by star Mark Dacascos, at Istinye Park, Istanbul, on 9 December 2010 (2010-12-09).[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Secret of the Sultan in movie theatres by December 17th". Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  2. ^ Güler, Emrah (2010-12-17). "Filmmakers clamoring for involvement in historical Istanbul films". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2010-12-30.

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