|The Favorite (Intimate Power)|
|Directed by||Jack Smight|
|Produced by||Georges-Alain Vuille|
Ascona Films Inc.
|Written by||Prince Michael of Greece (novel)|
Larry Yust (screenplay)
|Starring||F. Murray Abraham|
|Music by||William Goldstein|
|Edited by||Dennis Virkler|
Devon Heffley Curry, adr supervisor
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|9 August 1989 (France)|
The Favorite (also titled Intimate Power) is a 1989 Swiss-American drama film based on the unsubstantiated story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry (1768-1817) that takes place at the dawn of the 19th century. It is the final film of director Jack Smight.
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.
- F. Murray Abraham as Abdul Hamid
- Maud Adams as Sineperver
- Amber O'Shea as Aimée Dubucq de Rivéry
- Ron Dortch as Tulip
- James Michael Gregary as Selim
- Laurent Le Doyen as Sebastiani
- Francesco Quinn as adult Mahmud
- Andréa Parisy as Mihrişah
- Tom McGreevey as Uncle (as Thomas McGreevey)
- Celeste Simpson-Boyd as Zinah
- Robere Kazadi as Orchid
- Garth Wilton as British Consul
- Reuven Bar-Yotam as Algerian Captain
- Farouk Peker as Baktar
- John Kennedy Hayden as Chief Janissary
- Mike Johnson as First Mate
- Thomas Rosales Jr. as Third Mate
- Michael Saad as Jeweler
- Dale Dye as French Officer
- Joseph Darrell as Manservant
- Ayse Gungor as Harem Girl
- Starr Andreeff as Harem Girl
- Erica Zeitlin as Harem Girl
- Victoria Dakil as Old Woman
- Roz Witt as Nun
- George Marshall Ruge as Kamir
- Joe El Rady as Boy at the bazar
- Jonathan Vuille as Young Mahmud
- Glenn Scarpelli as Mustafa
- Director: Jack Smight
- Production Company: Ascona Films, Inc.
The film was shot in Turkey. Smight says half way through the production the producer Georges-Alain Vuille, ran out of money so a company run by Steve Friedman took over the film. Smith finished the film "and in my estimation, it turned out better than expected, but once again 'into oblivion'."
- Myers, JP (March 8, 2018). "This is the story of Director Jack Smight's life in entertainment written by himself". Medium.