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I pirati della Malesia (1964)

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Filmed in Singapore it tells the story of Sandokan who is a Malaysian rebel who, with a group of renegades, goes up against a British General who is trying to force the King to resign.

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Jacqueline Sassard ...
Princess Hada
Mimmo Palmara ...
Tremal-Naïk
Andrea Bosic ...
Nando Gazzolo ...
Lt. Clintock
Leo Anchóriz ...
Lord Brook (as Leo Anchoris)
Franco Balducci ...
Pierre Cressoy ...
Captain of the Young India
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Muda Hassin
Nando Angelini
Dakar ...
Kammamuuri (as Alejandro Barrera Dakar)
George Wang ...
Sho Pa
Sujata Rubener ...
Dancer (as Sujata)
Asoka Rubener ...
Dancer (as Asoka)
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Filmed in Singapore it tells the story of Sandokan who is a Malaysian rebel who, with a group of renegades, goes up against a British General who is trying to force the King to resign.

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16 October 1964 (Italy)  »

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Sandokan: Pirate of Malaysia  »

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ESP 37,454,668 (Spain)
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The last third of this movie starts with a prison escape of the pirates. Sandokan installs a machine gun on a mining wagon and starts immediately with a permanent fire. You can see the smoking gun, but no movement of the ammunitions belt or the ejection of used cartridges. See more »

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SANDOKAN: PIRATE OF MALAYSIA (Umberto Lenzi, 1964) **1/2
21 March 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Out of 8 movies and/or TV mini-series featuring the character of Sandokan currently lying in my unwatched pile, I will most probably end up watching just two – both bearing the original Italian title of I PIRATI DELLA MALESIA – being the film under review and the 1941 original co-starring Massimo Girotti; more than wishing to concentrate on them now that Malaysia is all over the world news due to a mysteriously disappearing plane, I choose not to overdose on any particular character in a short space of time – be it Casanova, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo or what have you – but rather leave the rest for future Epic-themed marathons that I purposely leave for the Easter season...

Anyway, this year I also elected to watch the remaining two Steve Reeves movies I had in my collection that fall under this header – the other was Riccardo Freda's THE WHITE WARRIOR (1959); just as had been the case with his professional rival Mark Forest, there is now only one other Steve Reeves film that I have yet to catch up with (not counting his contested cameo in the star-studded war spoof THE SHORTEST DAY {1963}, which I do own a copy of in any case): the Spaghetti Western A LONG RIDE TO HELL (1968) which, luckily, I also have in my collection. This second stab at the mythical adventurer followed hard on the heels of Lenzi's own SANDOKAN THE GREAT (1963) and, alas, proved to be Reeves' penultimate film; if any proof was needed as to how hard it is to break typecasting in the movies is the fact that it took the former "Mr. Universe" 4 years and a self-financed film (which, sadly, left him in a penurious state afterwards due to his unwise choice of business partners!) for him to test his versatility!! Similarly, out of all the other beefcake musclemen who variously took on the mythological roles prevalent in the "Peplum" subgenre, only craggy-faced Gordon Mitchell had any longevity in other "Euro-Cult" areas...

In this movie, Sandokan is pitted against the villainous British Lord James Brooke (played here by one Leo Anchoriz – who portrayed a different foe in the preceding film!) that had been the Indian rebel's arch-nemesis in the popular, eponymous Italian TV mini-series starring Kabir Bedi and Adolfo Celi that I fondly remember from my childhood days and I have had the pleasure of revisiting many years later. Although I am familiar with SANDOKAN THE GREAT, it has been some time since I watched it and I cannot justly compare the two movies: suffice to say that, apart from Reeves and Anchoriz, they share director Lenzi (the most charismatic and flamboyant of the "Italian Kings Of The Bs" I met at the 2004 Venice Film Festival), actor Andrea Bosic (as Sandokan's renegade chain-smoking Portuguese ally Yanez De Gomera) and composer Giovanni Fusco. Besides, one welcomes the presence of the lovely Jacqueline Sassard (as a battle-scarred fugitive Princess), genre regulars Mimmo Palmara (as Sandokan's equally-famed acolyte Tremal-Naik, who almost blows the latter's cover when he is forced to shoot an approaching alligator while he is strapped to a wooden pole stuck in the swamp!) and Pierre Cressoy (as an ill-fated riverboat captain who had, at one point, 'promoted' passenger Sandokan to perform unlikely cabin-boy duties!) and cinematographer Angelo Lotti; indeed, this second outing is certainly a handsomely-mounted effort (particularly the costumes of Sandokan and Brooke's troops) that cries to be watched via a pristine print for full enjoyment; under the circumstances, the copy of it I acquired for myself was pretty decent and included such action highlights as a tavern brawl, a shipboard mutiny, a jailbreak from a mining camp (preceded by yet another bare-chested wrestling bout from Reeves!) and the climactic mountaintop swordfight between hero and villain.

Incidentally, the characters of Tremal-Naik and Kammamuuri (here employed as Sassard's bodyguard) also feature in another Italian TV adaptation of Sandokan's creator Emilio Salgari's original novel that I watched as a kid: THE MYSTERIES OF THE DARK JUNGLE (1991) in which Kabir Bedi himself appeared. Indeed, Salgari was a very popular writer of adventure hokum on his home ground (if little-known elsewhere) and unsurprisingly proved a reliable source of inspiration to genre film- makers for well-over 50 years; in fact, 13 movies revolving around the Sandokan character alone were made between 1941 and 1998 – apart from the Lenzi/Reeves diptych, there were two with Luigi Pavese in the early 1940s, two non-related Italian flicks starring Ray Danton and two further miniseries with Bedi! For what it is worth, I have initiated proceedings to acquire another Salgari adaptation from Lenzi, TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND LIGHTS (1965) starring Richard Harrison that promises to be good fun in a proto-Indiana Jones vein...but I doubt I will get it in time to be included in this year's Epic batch!


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