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Sandokan the Great (1963)

Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | May 1965 (USA)
Malasyan pirate Sandokan accidentally learns that Lord Brook plots to obtain the crown of Malasya by kidnapping the legitimate rajah and his daughter and forcing them to abdicate so he gathers his best man and launches a rescue operation.


Umberto Lenzi




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Sandokan
Geneviève Grad ... Mary Ann
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Yanez
Rik Battaglia ... Sambigliong
Mario Valdemarin ... Tenente Ross
Leo Anchóriz ... Lord Guillonk
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Tenente Toymby
Enzo Fiermonte ... Sergente Mitchell
Wilbert Bradley Wilbert Bradley ... Pataan
Maurice Poli ... Girobatol
Gino Marturano Gino Marturano ... Kanandurian
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Hirangù
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Kalamba
Pietro Capanna Pietro Capanna
Ananda Kumar Ananda Kumar ... Twang Long


In Victorian times, British colonial forces occupy Tapuah subduing the local population thru reprisals. Malaysian pirate Sandokan, whose family was killed by the British, gathers a small group of rebel followers and vows his revenge. Lord Hillock, commander of the British forces, is eager to capture the troublesome pirate. In order to entrap him, he arrests Sandokan's father, the Sultan of Mulaker. Hillock then sets a trap should Sandokan attempt to free his father. However, a wise Sandokan chooses to attack Lord Hillock's residence and kidnap Hillock's niece, Mary Ann, instead. Armed with a hostage, Sandokan can now negotiate with Hillock for an exchange of hostages. Lord Hillock has no intention of keeping his word, of course. Instead, he relentlessly pursues Sandokan and his small band through the jungles infested with native tribes of head-hunting Dayaks. To make matters worse, Sandokan suspects that one of his men is a traitor who somehow sends vital information about Sandokan's ... Written by nufs68

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Heroism and High Adventure in the Malay Jungle!


Action | Adventure


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Passed by the British Board of Film Censors with a "U" certificate on 14 October 1964. Unfortunately, UK distributors M-G-M did not consider the film good enough as a main feature and held up the release for six months. It finally emerged as the lower half of a double bill with Girl Happy (1965) starring Elvis Presley. Both films went out pre-release (Derby, Burton-on-Trent, ABC Fulham Road, etc.) on Sunday, 4 April 1965. The general release proper was scheduled for Monday, 12 April 1965. See more »


Referenced in Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) See more »

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Obscure Reeves film is literate, colorful and entertaining.
6 January 2006 | by Dhawley-2See all my reviews

I just finished watching a Steve Reeves double feature of this film and the sequel, 'Pirates of the Seven Seas', and was quite entertained the whole time. Reeves' character, Sandokan, is a departure from his well known sword-and-sandal flicks. In these films, while he's a formidable presence who can handle himself, he's not portrayed as a muscle-bound Hercules or Goliath. He's a refined but tough son of royalty, leading a group of rebels fighting British colonial rule of their Malaysian island. With literate scripts, scenic locales and numerous hair-raising adventures, 'Sandokan the Great', as well as the equally colorful and well-constructed sequel, are both highly enjoyable. A couple of interesting items include the fact that the same actor (Leo Anchoriz), played the main bad guy in both films. In both films, he was the head of the British military administration, yet he was cast as completely different people! It's also somewhat disconcerting to hear (in the version of the movie I have) a much different voice dubbed in for Reeves than was used in most of his peplum flicks. For Steve Reeves fans, these are essential additions to your collection. Good luck finding them.

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