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Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d'Or (1961)

Tintin and Captain Haddock try to discover what is so desirable about their old and apparently worthless ship.

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André Barret (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Rémo Forlani (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) (as Remo Forlani) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Talbot ... Tintin
Georges Wilson ... Capitaine Haddock
Georges Loriot Georges Loriot ... Professeur Tournesol
Milo Milo ... Milou (as Milou)
Charles Vanel ... Père Alexandre
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Angorapoulos (as Marcel Bozzufi)
Max Elloy ... Nestor
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Le Facteur
Henri Soya Henri Soya ... Claudion (as Henry Soya)
Michel Thomass Michel Thomass ... Yéfime
Darío Moreno ... Midas Papos (as Dario Moreno)
Dimitris Myrat Dimitris Myrat ... Anton Karabine (as Demetrios Myrat)
Dimos Starenios ... Scoubidouvitch (as Demos Starenios)
Gamonal Gamonal ... Dupont / Dupond (as Les Frères Gamonal)
Guy Henry ... Un bandit
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The first movie based on Hergé's character Tintin begins when Temistocle Paparanic, an old friend of Captain Haddock, dies and he inherits Paparanic's ship, "La Toison d'or" or "The Golden Fleece". Tintin and Haddock travel to Istanbul to collect it, only to find that its a worthless-looking wreck. However, soon a certain Anton Karabine offers him 600,000 pounds for it. When Haddock refuses to sell, he's nearly killed. After a while, the truth comes out: Paparanic and his crew led a coup in Tetaragua, a small Latin-American country. After ruling the country for three years, Paparanic left with the gold of the National Bank, and now his old shipmates are to trying get hold of it. Written by Jonathan D. H. Parshall <parshall@citcom.net>

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The first live-action addaptation of The Adventures of Tintin, with a script that did not connect with the books. See more »

Goofs

Returning to the boat, Tintin and Hoddock pass their remaining vase to a deckhand before going below. They look in one room, but as they enter the captain's cabin, Haddock has the vase again. See more »

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Dupond et Dupont (Thomson and Thompson) are credited 'Incognito'. See more »

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Talbot and Wilson are too likable not to like this film...
12 September 2017 | by ElMaruecan82See all my reviews

Don't judge the book by the cover, for all its B-movie look, this is A-entertainment.

"Tintin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece" is a product of its era: released in 1961, it carries the old-fashioned allure of 50's adventurous pictures and let's say the more sophisticated tone of the 60's, yet not devoid of the same obsolescent charm that makes a James Bond girl "innocent" by our modern day's standards. The film has the thrills, the fun and the escapism magnificently rendered by the Turkish countryside, with the exotic little tune to enhance the feeling that we're enjoying a nice little vacation with Tintin and Captain Haddock.

Because that's what it's all about, it's a Tintin adventure and yet the enjoyment doesn't only depend on the appeal of the comic-books, in its own right, this is a good movie.

Now, some history… Tintin had already come to maturity in the early 60's but the big screen has always been a hit-or-miss, it was probably a credit to Herge's uniqueness of style and his trademark clear line to have created a world so naturally proficient in thrills and so emotionally engaging that even the camera of the 60's couldn't capture. Yes, even Steven Spielberg could only make a CGI version of the "Unicorn", perhaps one of the less 'cinematic' of all Tintin's books. That's how difficult the transition from book to screen is, and maybe the safest and wisest choice was to have an original story and compensate the 'newness' of the material with actors who'd look like shoot- outs of the original characters.

The originality of the story is the first masterstroke, it's an interesting whodunit set in Turkey and centering on a mysterious ship named "Golden Fleece" that Haddock inherited from a long-time friend. And despite the little predictable plot elements such as the evil businessman who seems to have a personal reason to buy the ship, the sneaky tourist guide, the colorful encounters, a talking parrot, a black cook, the story works not to mention that it also features two nice cameos from Charles Vanel and Dario Moreno. And we forgive the flaw because there's a sort of realism in the relationship between good old Tintin and Captain Haddock, both played by Jean- Pierre Talbot and George Wilson. Tintin leads the action with the impatience and curiosity of youth and Haddock is the eternal follower.

And that's it, the characters are alive again.

Herge said it himself, Tintin was some kind of a joke, he needed the blandest and most neutral looking hero, so he made a round, two dots for the eyes, and no hair color (meaning he was blonde) then just to give him a little edge with the little tuft. A legend was born, a perfect hero who was courageous, brave and embodied youth's thirst of adventure but with a sense of righteousness. The challenge to turn Tintin into a real character was twice, finding someone who'd match the facial features and making the hero heroic without being unrealistic. Needless to say that Talbot did a great job, but as he stated himself, he didn't have to try, he channeled Tintin naturally and you can tell when you see him that he was born to be Tintin.

Talbot was approached for his his physical abilities, he was such a complete athlete, he provided almost all the stunts (with a few exceptions) and you can see in his eyes during the fight scenes how focused he is, it's very interesting that his skills look less fake than many other actors who'd play James Bond. But if he's no Sean Connery, Talbot makes his Tintin believable and appealing and the cute Belgian accent reminds us where Tintin came from. Talbot didn't have to play Tintin, he happened to be like Tintin and that was the film's greatest blessing. He admitted later that Tintin was a good influence on his life, and always try to adopt a righteous approach in general and in his job, as a teacher.

Naturally, the film would have worked only half if Haddock didn't have a great actor to play Captain Haddock and it was George Wilson (from the French Academy), the father of actor Lambert, who played the iconic seaman. He chews the script enough to match the Captain's histrionic tantrums but in the quieter moments when he contemplates the death of his friend, gazing at his picture, there's a sort of poignancy that makes you forget you're watching a Tintin movie, it becomes the story of two friends caught in an adventure. There are also Thompson and Thompson and Calculus but really, this is a Tintin and Haddock (and Snowy) picture.

The film is far from being flawless but these supposedly flaws hold up quite well, and have aged better than many superior movies, there's nothing calculated in this film, it's innocent, non-cynical and ultimately, fun to watch, it's not an equivalent to Tintin comic but, it does justice to the legacy of the legendary Belgian reporter. And the two actors are too likable not to like this film.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

Turkish | French | Greek

Release Date:

6 December 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Treasure See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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