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The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)

GP  -  Adventure  -  29 October 1971 (Spain)
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Pirates take over a lighthouse on a rocky island. They then execute a devious plan to cause ships to run aground, pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew survives, and ... See full summary »

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Will Denton
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Jonathan Kongre
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Arabella
Jean-Claude Drouot ...
Virgilio
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Captain Moriz
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Montefiore
Massimo Ranieri ...
Felipe
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Tarcante
Tito García ...
Emilio
Víctor Israel ...
Das Mortes
Antonio Rebollo ...
Santos (as Tony Skios)
Luis Barboo ...
Calsa Larga
Tony Cyrus ...
Valgolyo
Oscar Davis ...
Amador
Alejandro de Enciso ...
Morabbito
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Pirates take over a lighthouse on a rocky island. They then execute a devious plan to cause ships to run aground, pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew survives, and he deperately fights their plot. A shipwrecked maiden that avoids the pirates slaughter soon complicates the situation. Written by John Rutkai <jrutkai@learningtree.com>

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French censorship certificate: - 13. See more »

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The lonely island
30 December 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I once owned this movie on VHS and while it's been many years since I've laid eyes on it, I remember it well - and that, for me, is generally the sign of a good movie. Some of the criticisms levelled by fellow armchair critics are valid (e.g.overlong) but it's still a very picturesque and curious movie that's definitely worth a look.

Douglas is fairly restrained as the sole survivor of a remote island lighthouse, besieged by pirates led by the pitiless Yul Brynner, his clan of bandits opportunistically decide to use the lighthouse to misdirect approaching ships into the rocks where they can pilfer the payloads. Samantha Eggar plays one such shipwrecked maiden taken as a romantic gesture by Brynner, and who Douglas (who's taken refuge in a subterranean cave with his pet monkey), must try and free.

Reasonably violent, though it's Jules Verne inspired, it's not the typical family fare you might expect. Little dialogue and a fairly loose plot might not convince some audiences, but overall I remember it to be quite a sombre picture, with a few cruel twists and a fiery conclusion. Great cast as well with support including Fernando Rey and the familiar faces of Aldo Sambrell, Victor Israel and American ex-pat in Spanish pictures, John Clark.


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