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

The Castle of Fu Manchu (original title)
PG | | Adventure, Crime, Horror | 1972 (USA)
An evil Chinese mastermind plots to freeze the Earth's oceans.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jaime Jesús Balcázar (dialogue: Spanish version), Manfred Barthel (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Fu Manchu
Richard Greene ... Nayland Smith
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Doctor Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Günther Stoll Günther Stoll ... Dr. Curt Kessler (as Gunther Stoll)
Rosalba Neri ... Lisa
Maria Perschy ... Marie / Ingrid
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Omar Pashu (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Werner Abrolat Werner Abrolat ... Melnik (as Werner Aprelat)
Tsai Chin ... Lin Tang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Baker ... Running Man (archive footage)
Dirk Bogarde ... Running Man (archive footage)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's Back!!! The World's Most Evil Man with a Fiendish Plan of Conquest


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Fu Manchu: [Over the radio] This is my ultimatum; within the next few hours the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul will be destroyed.
Dr. Petrie: It's not true! It can't be true!
Inspector Ahmet: Doctor Petrie, calm yourself.
Fu Manchu: [Over the radio] The powers of the world have relied upon one man: Nayland-Smith. Nayland-Smith is dead.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

As usual in 'Jesus Franco' movies, the credits of the film contain different (and often incongruous with each other) info in every country's version. While the English version lists Peter Welbeck (nom-de-plum for Harry Alan Towers) as the author of the screenplay, the Spanish version (with a credits sequence that replaces the exterior shots of the castle from the original with a cheesy drawing of a red dragon) lists Manfred Barthel as the author of the story and screenplay, and Jaime Jesús Balcázar as the author of the dialogue. This version also credits some actors (such as Gustavo Re and Osvaldo Genazzani) and crew members not credited in the English version, and the cast order is different as well. See more »

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The buck stops here
14 November 2016 | by theskylabadventureSee all my reviews

The fifth and final of Christopher Lee's Fu-Manchu outings – a planned sixth film was cancelled due to its overwhelmingly poor critical and commercial reception - and the second to be directed by schlockmeister Jess Franco. Played as a parody, 'Castle' might actually have been quite fun. Fu-Manchu is essentially reduced to a poor knock-off of a Blofeld (though I'm not sure he was ever much else). Lee actually brings his A-game here, having phoned it in previously in the series, lifting the ludicrous dialogue to the point where it's almost palatable, but everything else about the film seems to be mocking itself without knowing it. The production design is so camp it makes The Ipcress File look like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The action and violence is again tepid and clumsy (lest we forgot this is a Jess Franco film) and the plot manages to be confusing in spite of being threadbare. There are some babes thrown in, but this is a PG movie so, again, Franco fans expecting anything resembling titillation will be thoroughly disappointed. Unlike its predecessor, which is by far the more insipid and dreary of the two, 'Castle' has a handful of things going for it. One is Jess Franco in a supporting role, wearing a fez and dubbed to sound like… I don't really know. The score is totally derivative but actually rather nice. The wacky production design and multi-coloured fluorescent lighting add a lot of hammy fun. The attempt at seamless in-scene cutting between the various, disparate filming locations is endlessly amusing. Some of the dialogue is hilariously quotable, and played to the hilt by everyone involved. Frankly, though, the two high points of the show are the sizeable inserts from A Night To Remember and Campbell's Kingdom. While definitely a cut above its predecessor in some ways, I'm still struggling to give this any kind of recommendation.


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