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The Favorite (also titled Intimate Power) is a 1989 Swiss-American drama film based on the unsubstantiated story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry (1776-1817) that takes place at the dawn of the 19th century. It is the final film of director Jack Smight.

The Favorite (Intimate Power)
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Directed byJack Smight
Produced byGeorges-Alain Vuille
Ascona Films Inc.
Written byPrince Michael of Greece (novel)
Larry Yust (screenplay)
StarringF. Murray Abraham
Maud Adams
Francesco Quinn
Amber O'Shea
Music byWilliam Goldstein
CinematographyGiorgio Tonti
Howard Wexler
Edited byDennis Virkler
Devon Heffley Curry, adr supervisor
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
9 August 1989 (France)
Running time
104 min.
CountryUnited States



A young French woman named Aimee is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. Fiercely independent, she resists, but must make choices in order to survive. She begins to influence the sultan toward more fair manners of solving his conflicts, but finds herself at odds with another of his wives, who wants her son Mustafa to become the new sultan. As the years pass, she must deal with the new sultan's advances while protecting her adopted son Mahmud, and helping the Ottoman Empire against the Russians who have better weapons than they do.

The source for the story is a novel by Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark titled Sultana - La Nuit du Serail.




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