Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (film)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 American action fantasy film directed by Mike Newell. The film was written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 28, 2010. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, Ben Kingsley as Nizam, Toby Kebbell as Garsiv and Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar. The film is an adaptation of the video game of the same name developed and published by Ubisoft. Elements from Warrior Within and The Two Thrones, the two other titles from the Sands of Time trilogy of the Prince of Persia video game franchise, are also incorporated.

Prince of Persia:
The Sands of Time
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Newell
Screenplay by
Story byJordan Mechner
Based onPrince of Persia
by Jordan Mechner
Produced byJerry Bruckheimer
CinematographyJohn Seale
Edited by
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 9, 2010 (2010-05-09) (London premiere)
  • May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28) (United States)
Running time
116 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$150–200 million[1]
Box office$336.4 million[2]

The film was premiered in London on May 5, 2010 and was officially released on May 28, 2010 in the United States. It received mixed reviews from critics, who shared the consensus that the film was an improvement over previous video game adaptations and gave praise to the score, action scenes, humor and the acting performances (particularly those of Gyllenhaal, Kingsley, Arterton, and Molina), while showing negative attention towards the screenplay, whitewashing of the cast, and departure from the source material.[3] It grossed over $336 million[4] against a production budget of $150–200 million, and was the highest-grossing video game film until it was surpassed by Warcraft in 2016.

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