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Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

The Castle of Fu Manchu (original title)
PG | | Adventure, Crime, Horror | 1972 (USA)
An evil Chinese mastermind plots to freeze the Earth's oceans.

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(as Jess Franco)

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(dialogue: Spanish version), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Doctor Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Günther Stoll ...
Dr. Curt Kessler (as Gunther Stoll)
Rosalba Neri ...
Lisa
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Marie / Ingrid
José Manuel Martín ...
Omar Pashu (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Werner Abrolat ...
Melnik (as Werner Aprelat)
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Storyline

The evil mastermind Fu Manchu plots his latest scheme to basically freeze over the Earth's oceans with his diabolical new device. Opposing him is his arch-nemesis, Interpol's very British Dr. Nayland Smith. Written by crow_steve@hotmail.com

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He's Back!!! The World's Most Evil Man with a Fiendish Plan of Conquest


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1972 (USA)  »

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Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

All of the footage at the beginning of the movie featuring a large ocean liner striking an iceberg and sinking is all stock footage from the famed 1958, British Titanic film, A Night to Remember (1958). See more »

Goofs

The first scenes where Fu-Manchu is directing the sinking of the liner were the final scenes of a previous Fu-Manchu movie: The brides of Fu Manchu, where he shots his lieutenant who was trying to stop Fu Manchu surpass the maximum of the machine. See more »

Quotes

Denis Nayland-Smith: Ah, Petrie.
Dr. Petrie: I'm an idiot, an imbecile and an incompetent dolt.
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Denis Nayland-Smith: [reading] Professor A. G. Heracles.
Dr. Petrie: The world's top authority.
Denis Nayland-Smith: Well, I dare say, Petrie, buy would you explain why this book of yours has suddenly become so important?
Dr. Petrie: Because, his theory may give us the clue that we are desperately searching for. Well, you see, he has a theory, that when...
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Crazy Credits

Maria Perschy's character is called Dr. Ingrid Koch but on the credits her character's name is given as Marie. See more »

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On a technical level, this film barely achieves the level of the average home movie!
8 March 1999 | by (Burlington, NJ) – See all my reviews

The film that was to be the final entry in the new Fu Manchu series from international quickie film financier Harry Alan Towers made its belated theatrical appearance four years after it was made. In the USA, it played the bottom of the bill on the drive-in theater circuits. It crept into theaters sheepishly, victim of the commercial and critical thrashing given to its predecessor. The word in fan circles was that "Castle of Fu Manchu" was a new low, even worse than what had come before. It would be years before many of these same fans were able to see the film, which rapidly disappeared into obscurity until resurrected from its public domain limbo by the home video market. This film's non-performance at the world's box offices effectively killed the series: the contracted sixth Fu manchu film was never made.

On a technical level, "Castle" is a notch below even the low standards established by its predecessor. The shadows of the camera crew are visible in some scenes. Director Jess Franco's chronic zoom photography is more annoying and lazy here. Parts of the film are so technically shoddy, they barely achieve the level of the average home movie. The most professional scene in the film is a dolly shot of Maria Perschy crossing a Madrid street, and this was filmed by the second unit!

However, because its script is slightly better, this film can arguably be ranked above "Blood of Fu Manchu", although few fans would risk their credibility defending either film. At least "Castle" is concerned with Fu Manchu's current plot to conquer the world and does not pad out its running time with irrelevant subplots. What it does use for padding is stock footage. For its opening sequence, "Castle" lifts the entire climax of "Brides of Fu Manchu" and, incredibly, extends this sequence with footage of the Titanic from the 1958 film "A Night to Remember"! Using stock footage to supplement stock footage is either brashly clever or establishes a new standard of cheapness.

Perhaps the ultimate snub to the film came from the producer himself, who kept his wife Maria Rohm out of the cast.


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