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

The Castle of Fu Manchu (original title)
PG | | Adventure, Crime | 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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Howard Marion-Crawford ...
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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Adventure | Crime

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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

The dam bursting scene is footage taken from the Dirk Bogarde film Campbell's Kingdom (1957). Bogarde is in the green checked shirt and Stanley Baker in the red shirt, both are recognizable in this footage. See more »

Goofs

In scenes that were supposed to have taken place in Turkey in the 1920s, characters are shown wearing the fez, the wearing of which Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk banned (because of its connections with feudalism) in the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Fu Manchu: [immediately after surviving Omar Pascha's attempt on his life] Take him to the laboratory.
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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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Follows The Knocking on the Door (1923) See more »

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Sloppy and disappointing
24 July 2009 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The last of the 5 Fu Manchu movies with Christopher Lee begins with almost 3 minutes of footage taken from „Brides of Fu Manchu" - telling us openly that they were running out of ideas. The sinking vessel and the dam burst are taken from other movies as well, obviously. The story makes only 2 potentially interesting attempts at human conflicts: when Omar is tempted to sell Smith to Fu Manchu in exchange for his girl, and then the "heart transplant by murder" scene. To my chagrin, both chances to score were wasted for a much too quick solution! The first 60 minutes are lazy, sloppy, disappointing, but during the last 20 minutes, Franco suddenly speeds up everything. The caverns below the Castle of Fu Manchu are full of psychedelic lights (green, red, purple), smoke and water are pumped into them, while the heroes must runs for their lives - it turns out to be quite some compensation. Nevertheless, the other Fu Manchu film by Jess Franco ("The Blood of Fu Manchu" aka "Kiss of Death") is clearly the better one. Voted 7/8/5/7/4 for the five movies.


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