While sailing with Princess Parisa to Baghdad to their wedding, Sinbad finds the Colossa Island and anchors his vessel to get supplies for the starving crew. Sinbad and his men help the magician Sokurah to escape from a Cyclops that attacks them, and Sokurah uses a magic lamp with a boy jinni to help them; however, their boat sinks and he loses the lamp. Sokurah offers a small fortune to Sinbad to return to Colossa, but he does not accept and heads to Baghdad. The citizens and the Caliph of Baghdad are celebrating the peace with Chandra, and they offer a feast to the Sultan of Chandra. Sakurah requests a ship and crew to return to Colossa but the Caliph refuses to jeopardize his countrymen. However, the treacherous magician shrinks the princess and when the desperate Sinbad seeks him out, he tells that he needs to return to Colossa to get the ingredient necessary for the magic potion. But Sinbad has only his friend Harufa to travel with him, and he decides to enlist a doubtful crew in... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In an early 1980s interview, star Kerwin Mathews, the actor playing Sinbad, recalled that, to go and do the film, he went on a plane, landed in Paris on Easter Sunday, then got on another plane, which landed in Granada, Spain, in the middle of the night; once he got off the plane, he was driven in a horse & carriage to a palace in Granada, where the palace scenes were filmed. Once there, he was introduced to the film's special effects creator, Ray Harryhausen, and was put into his costume (with jewels and a turban on his head). Once ready, in the middle of the night, he was taken to a beautifully decorated bedroom in the palace. Kerwin then asked Ray, "Well, what are we gonna shoot?" Ray said, "Well, down here on the pillow is this little girl." The scene where Sinbad was shocked to find that Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant) was shrunken to tiny size by the evil wizard Sokurah (Torin Thatcher) in her palace bed was the first scene in which Kerwin worked on. See more »
The exterior shot of Sinbad's ship is obviously of a completely different ship before they reach the island the first time and when they leave. The first time we see it coming up on the island, it has only one large triangular sail as was common with medieval Mediterranean vessels. Then when it leave the island it's a 16th century galleon with three square sails on three separate masts. See more »
Most people have movies that they remember watching when they were infants and never forget them. This is one of mine, along with King Kong (1933) and One Million Years BC.
The stars of this movie are of course Ray's stop-motion monsters. We get to see several cyclops, a dragon, a giant roc, a baby roc, a snake woman and, best of all, a skeleton.
The movie's cast includes Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad and Torin Thatcher as the mad magician, Sokurah. These play great parts, as does Richard Eyer as the Genie. The theme music and score by Bernard Herrmann is magnificent. The movie was directed by Nathan Juran (The Deadly Mantis).
This is the best of Harryhausen's Sinbad movies and one of his best movies overall, along with Jason and the Argonauts.
If you haven't seen this, you are missing out. Fantastic.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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