While sailing with Princess Parisa to Baghdad to their wedding, Sinbad finds the Colossa Island and anchors his vessel to get supplies for the starving crew. Sinbad and his men help the magician Sokurah to escape from a Cyclops that attacks them, and Sokurah uses a magic lamp with a boy jinni to help them; however, their boat sinks and he loses the lamp. Sokurah offers a small fortune to Sinbad to return to Colossa, but he does not accept and heads to Baghdad. The citizens and the Caliph of Baghdad are celebrating the peace with Chandra, and they offer a feast to the Sultan of Chandra. Sakurah requests a ship and crew to return to Colossa but the Caliph refuses to jeopardize his countrymen. However, the treacherous magician shrinks the princess and when the desperate Sinbad seeks him out, he tells that he needs to return to Colossa to get the ingredient necessary for the magic potion. But Sinbad has only his friend Harufa to travel with him, and he decides to enlist a doubtful crew in...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With one last scene left to shoot, star Kerwin Mathews, playing Sinbad, got very ill in Barcelona, in bed with a 107-degree fever. Producer Charles H. Schneer came to Kerwin, and kindly asked him, "Would you come and do this one shot?" Trooper that he was, Kerwin agreed to do the scene, where Sinbad was steering his ship through a storm (with everyone else on board in agony from the sounds of screaming demons from a nearby island). In the middle of the day, he was propped up against the ship's wheel, and the fire department siphoned water from the local harbor, pelting him and the rest of the cast on the ship with water, dead rats and other things. A still from this scene was on the cover of the film's original 1958 Colpix Records LP (mono) soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann, something that Kerwin was very proud of. (Varese Sarabande Records reissued the album with this same cover in 1980, but for the first time ever, in stereo.) See more »
A second wooden keg appears next to the first mutinous soldier Sinbad knocks out. See more »
To receive the original 'A' certificate in 1958 and then a 'U' certificate in 1962 the original UK cinema release was heavily cut by the BBFC who completely removed the skeleton fight, as well as making edits to the man roasting on a spit, the dancing snake woman, close-up shots of the Cyclops, and scenes of minor violence including fighting and shots of dead bodies. All later video releases were restored and uncut. See more »
If you have forgotten what being a child was like, watch this and unlock some of that magic.
Arguably, Harryhausen's finest moment. I can't off the top of my head nominate one that was better! It had it all, adventure, fantasy, heroics, monsters, and Harryhausen's stop-frame wizardry that puts half the CGI effects right out of business.
I too, saw it as a child and along with JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD and CLASH OF THE TITANS, bought it years later and played it to standing room only, in our lounge throughout the kids childhood. Lucky aren't they?
The cyclops was the ultimate magic and I only wish my children could have seen the original theatrical screening with which television cannot compete. The film is still there but the sense of impending wonder (sitting there in a blackened theater) cannot be replicated on the small screen.
What a legacy to leave the world!
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