Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster.The Thief of Baghdad is a 1978 fantasy film, a British/French co-production. It was directed by Clive Donner, and stars Roddy MacDowall , Ian Holm, Terence Stamp and Kabir Bedi. The film was released theatrically, except for the United States where it debuted on television. Kevin Thomas from the LA Times wrote upon its release “An enchanting gem. The fantasy's quality of wonderment and simple moral have been preserved to enchant yet another generation of youngsters. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy it."