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Captain Sindbad (1963)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Family | 19 June 1963 (USA)
The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Princess Jana
El Kerim (as Pedro Armendariz)
Abraham Sofaer ...
Helmuth Schneider ...
Rolf Wanka ...
The King
James Dobson ...
Maurice Marsac ...
Col. Kabar


The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess convinces the magician Galgo to turn her into a small bird, so that she may fly off to warn Sinbad of the trap set against him. She flies off just as Galgo is discovered by the guards, who take him to El-Carim. As Sindbad and his crew sail towards Baristan, the Princess-Firebird descends and lands on the ship. But before she can deliver the message, El-Carim transforms the guards into giant human falcons, to drop rocks onto Sindbad's ship sinking it. However, Sindbad and some of his crew have survived, and they carefully make their way to shore. Galgo makes his arm stretch out to an enormous length, long enough to grab El-Carim's magic ring, but the evil king wakes up in time to burn Galgo's hand. Sindbad manages to get arrested, and soon appears before the dictator as a petty thief. El-Carim is not ...

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19 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Kapitän Sindbad  »

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Did You Know?


Final film of Hans Schumm. See more »


The parrot seen in the palace during the spider dance sequence is a South American species. South America and the rest of the New World would not have been known to the people living during the Abbasid Caliphate for at least 300 or more years. See more »


Galgo: There are three men before whom a woman need have no shame: her husband, her doctor and her magician.
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Edited into Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »

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Sindbad's Greatest Challenge
27 April 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.

Captain Sindbad which appears to be a joint German-American production stars Guy Williams who if he had come along a decade earlier might well have inherited the mantle of Errol Flynn. He certainly was a dashing Zorro for Walt Disney television.

Williams's greatest challenge was keeping a straight face through a lot of very hokey dialog which he does admirably. Armendariz is invincible, we see proof of that when Williams runs a scimitar through him and he doesn't flinch. Finding out the secret of Armendariz's invincibility and rescuing his princess from a fate worse than death is the sum and substance of the film.

I remember seeing this in the theater when it first came out and liked it. I still like it somewhat, but I certainly was a lot younger in 1963.

The special effects are good, not DeMille or Harryhausen quality, but still good. I fear though that the hokeyness of the script will probably limit Captain Sindbad to the juvenile trade.

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