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Captain Sindbad (1963)

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19 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Notice the extra "D"...
30 October 2000 | by (Pofesional Ville (so called)) – See all my reviews

If you thought "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" was bad,... well, it was, but at least it had Ray Harryhausen effects. This American/German co-production is so horrid that it doesn't even use the main character's name properly: it's spelled "Sindbad", with an extra "D", supposedly due to legal reasons.

The plot is the most childish one you can think of: Sindbad (Guy Williams, Disney's 'Zorro', who at least is much better than Patrick Wayne in the title role), with the questionable help of a quite inept aged magician, must defeat an evil tyrant (Pedro Armendariz), who causes havoc with a magic ring, to save the kingdom and get the princess he loves back from the tyrant (how does this Sin(d)bad guy get the love of all those princesses? Too bad they never made a "Sinbad's voyage to Monaco", that would be damn funny ;D). The way to defeat the bad guy is destroying his disembodied heart (which looks like a big jelly gum, with a light in it), which is locked in a high tower guarded by a huge hand. Better told than seen.

Some scenes that try to be funny are so stupid that are laughable, most of them involved the aged magician (who seems to be the comic relief of the story): he has the princess strip out to change her into a bird, but later he changes himself into a bird too, and doesn't strip. After all, who wants to see an ugly old man getting naked? (If the producers wanted to introduce some eroticism in this childish movie, they miserably failed; needless to say that you won't see too much of the princess' skin). The magician's best talent seems to turn several of his own body parts longer or shorter (no dirty jokes here! It's a children's movie!), concretely his middle finger and his right arm. So, one keeps wondering why he doesn't just reduce his own huge nose, inventing plastic surgery that way. And don't lose the "torture" the bad guy inflicts to him: he has his head twist a la "The Exorcist", while his face acquires an even-more-stupid-than-usual look.

And them, there is the dream scene: the magician magically induces the princess to have visions of Sindbad (their own wedding, I think). That one scene is particularly kitschy. Let's not even talk about the very goofy three-headed dragon... where's Harryhausen when we need him?

And now, the saddest thing: this puppy was directed by Byron Haskin, the same Byron Haskin who directed "The War of the Worlds" and "His Majesty O'Keefe" and several other beloved classics. Obviously he was contract-forced to direct this, or he was desperately in need of some money.

Overall, this "Captain Sindbad" would be a perfect candidate for MST3K (if MST3K still existed). It would be even more appropriate that others that were featured in the show without deserving it that much.

I recall a "Sinbad" movie with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Anthony Quinn, that had no Harryhausen stop-motion but was a truly good adventure film. Try to see it and let this "Sindbad" and its extra "D" collect extra dust in the darkest corner of your video store.

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