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||A book of the same name by Noah Gordon – maybe the first of a trilogy, and said by the 1999 book fair in Madrid to be one of the ten most popular books of all time.
||Said on IMDb to be “Co-written by” Phillip Stölzl, Simon Block, Christoph Müller
||Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Emma Rigby, Ben Kingsley
||An orphan is taken under the wing of a barber/surgeon in 11th century Britain, and after a brush with Eastern surgeons desires to learn their skill and so sets off for distant Persia. He arrives after some adventures in a state of distress, is taken in by a famous doctor and becomes a student in his school, but his ambition and his life are threatened by antipathy between the religious and military factions in the city, and by his love for a married Persian lady.
||Adventures in the grime of medieval Britain and during the trek across the desert. Some skirmishes with swords and bows and arrows. A bit of surgery and bodily investigation. Some nudity and a bit of non-revelatory sex.
||This is a saga and so it goes on a bit. The book is very long and so the film is of necessity a shortened version, but even so the journey to the East, and the eventual return to London are bewildering and so your attention will probably wander, but you could watch it while doing something else.