Apr 29

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

goldenvoyageGenre: Action / Family
Year: 1973
Country: USA

Director: Gordon Hessler
Starring: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw


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While being out sailing with his crew, a flying creature drops a strange golden tablet next to Sinbad. He decides to wear it around his neck and the following night he starts to receive strange dreams about a mysterious girl with an eye painted on her hand.

Sinbad soon finds himself near the coast of Marabia and gets into the city. He encounters an evil wizard who also wants his golden amulet, but Sinbad is able to escape his evil ways for now. Sinbad learns about the amulet he has is one out of three that together shows the way to the Fountain of Destiny, so Sinbad gathers his crew and goes after this legendary treasure.

This is, according to IMDB the sequel to the 1958 7th Voyage of Sinbad. This one is a very fun family friendly adventure film with some fun monsters, action sequences and even humour. It feels like a 70’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie actually.

The best part of the film is of course the superb monster stop-motion effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen. The film had a budget that was slighty below a million dollars, a low number even by 70’s standards, but they tried to make the best out of it with different fun set pieces.

The second best part of the film is the beauty of the british hottie Caroline Munro as Margiana. She would later in her career show that she actually can act in films such as Maniac, but here she is just eye candy, and what candy she is indeed.

Speaking of the acting, it’s cheesy and even just poor at times. John Phillip Law is Sinbad and he looks like he is having fun with the character without taking it too seriously. He does have the perfect look for the role aswell. The evil Koura is played by Tom Baker and he goes very over the top with his performance, making you wish that the part was played by someone like Christopher Lee instead.

The directing is done by the German born Gordon Hessler who is also responsible for the cult classic Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. I guess he has a knack for cheesy and silly films, intentionally or not.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fun adventure film that I’m sure the younger crowd would enjoy much more than the adults. It gets a little silly at times and it will also not be something that you would remember several years after seeing it. It is a decent time waster, but nothing more than that.




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