Synopsis: Like a tale spun by Scheherazade, Kismet follows the remarkable and repeated changes of fortune that engulf a poor poet. It all happens in one incredible day when Kismet (Fate) takes a hand.
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Yes, yes, yes.

Rise and pray for all is writ.

All is writ.

If everything is written down,

what's the use of getting up?

Oh, Father. You gave me

the whole blanket again.

- That's untrue.

- You mean, I took it?

I mean, it is not a whole blanket.

Only half.

Only enough to cover one small girl.

It's empty.

We ate the last loaf for supper.

- Don't you remember?

- Stomachs have no memories.

And I at the moment am all stomach.

Not even a crumb.

Perhaps today will be kind to us.

Allah, I make a prayer for my daughter.

And I, for my father.

Let this day spare her

the monkey bites of hunger and want.

Let my verses sell in profusion...

...that my daughter may eat

and prosper and wear shoes.

I pray the unselfishness

of my father's prayer be noted.


Remove us from Earth

If we've nothing to stay for.

They pray the best...

...who have something to pray for.

Oh, look.

Look, the camel likes your rhymes.

- See, it's an omen.

- I thank you.

Rhymes. Rhymes for sale.

Rhymes. Fine rhymes,

sweet rhymes have I.

Rhymes for sale.

Poetry in profusion.

Rhymes to help you sell your wares.

Charm your wives. Educate your children.

Ah. There's a won'thy citizen.

A rhyme for any purpose you name.

What use has a butcher for rhymes?

Sir, to increase your sales.

What meat do you sell today?

Nothing. Nothing but leftovers of mutton.

Good, good.

The haunch of the paunch

Or the rib of a sheep

Is tasty and tender,

Though priced a bit steep.

The part that you can buy

With no financial frown

Is on the ground

When the sheep's sitting down.

You're mad. Mad.

A man can sell anything in the world

except poems.

He can sell poisons, emetics,

false noses, but no poems.

Alms for love of Allah.

- Has your hunger grown?

- Like a magic tree.

Alms for the love of Allah.

There are fresh oranges this morning

at the Bazaar of the Vendors.

- I'll be there.

- Do not take so many.

- They interfere with your speed of foot.

- Oh, my father's wisdom always guides me.

Alms for the love of Allah.

Alms for love of Allah.

Alms for love of Allah.

Oh, great master...

...thou shalt live if thou shalt give.

- Ah!

May though soul burn by fire,

O thou dog.

A father sending his daughter to steal.

Could anything be baser than that?

Take note, Allah,

how low a human can sink to the bottom.

Alms for the love of Allah.

Sir, do you wish to purchase a poem?

Poem? Are you not a beggar?

I beg your pardon.

Do I look like a beggar?

Alms for love of Allah.

Alms for love of Allah.

Open thy purse and let the

inflicted bend over the house of Mecca.

Hard father, may Allah ruin thee forever.

Alms for the love of Allah.

You can't beg here.

This is one of the best begging locations

in Baghdad.

- Oh?

- Why do you think this space is empty?

It's not empty. I'm here.

It must remain empty

until old Hajj returns from Mecca.

That begging place belongs to him.

My dear verminous friends,

I am a cousin to old Hajj.

- That's impossible.

- Please, come, consider.

Only a Hajj may sit here. That is the law.

Would I dare risk it if I were not a Hajj?

- Omar.

- Would I?

Alms for the love of Allah.

- Oh, may Allah give thee ease.

- Alms for a starving brother.

- May Allah give thee ease.

Alms for the love of Allah.

Oh, stop it.

Alms for the love of Allah.

Alms for the love of Allah.

Alms for the love of Allah.

What's this? Where's old Hajj?

Hajj has gone to Mecca, great sir.

Yeah, this fellow claims to be

a member of the family.

A customer of Hajj's, I presume?

I am taking over his practice.

All my life, I have given one dinar

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Charles Lederer

Charles Lederer was an American screenwriter and film director. He was born into a prominent theatrical family in New York, and after his parents divorced, was raised in California by his aunt, Marion ... more…

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