Omar Khayyam is a fictional biographic film, directed by William Dieterle, of famed Persian poet Oman Khayyam (Cornel Wilde). Though his works were written in the 11th century, they are still mostly well-known throughout the world. Since little is known of the famed poet, a depiction of his life was invented for this film, following his actual lifetime achievements and giving a fictional background story to them. The movie features Khayyam romancing the bride of a sultan, Sharain (Debra Paget), and even uncovering and preventing the assassination attempt on the Sultan's son, Prince Malik (John Derek), by a group of assassins. The movie also focuses on some of his real accomplishments, such as the creation of a new calendar system, as well as his epigrammatic poems. Little is truly known about Omar Khayyam, but this fictional tale of what his life could have been like offers an entertaining looking at it.