I watched this fun little mini-series when it was first broadcast. The story confused me, until I suddenly recognized the plot structure: it was a classic Historical Romance Novel(tm)! Innocent yet spunky heroine? Check. Attractive, decent, but somewhat stuffy fiancé? Check. Kidnapping by sexy, mysterious stranger? Check. Heroine compelled by circumstances to explore her own sensuality? Check! Danger, intrigue, jealousy, temptation, and adventure? Check, check, check-arino! I don't think they missed a single beat here! I didn't catch part of the last broadcast, however, so I missed out on the full effect of the story...still, as I had only begun to read historical romances at the time, I found it surprisingly good fun. It was probably much sillier than I was aware of back then, but if you're looking for a costume-era romance novel on film (and can tolerate some historical dubiousness), you'll probably enjoy this little romp through the seraglio.
Directed by William Hale. With Nancy Travis, Art Malik, Sarah Miles, Yaphet Kotto.