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Malaysia, the second half of 1800. The English Queen Victoria owns the domain of the eastern lands of Borneo, commanded by Lord James Guillonk, fierce and ruthless conqueror, father of the ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Kabir Bedi ...  Sandokan 6 episodes, 1976
Philippe Leroy ...  Yáñez de Gomera 6 episodes, 1976
Adolfo Celi ...  James Brooke 6 episodes, 1976
Mohammed Azad Mohammed Azad ...  Sambigliong 6 episodes, 1976
Carole André ...  Lady Marianna Guillonk 5 episodes, 1976
Andrea Giordana ...  Sir William Fitzgerald 5 episodes, 1976
Shamsi Shamsi ...  Giro Batol 5 episodes, 1976
Malik Selamat Malik Selamat ...  Sea Spider 5 episodes, 1976
Hans Caninenberg ...  Lord Guillonk 4 episodes, 1976
Milla Sannoner Milla Sannoner ...  Lucy Mallory 3 episodes, 1976
Renzo Giovampietro Renzo Giovampietro ...  Dr. Kirby 3 episodes, 1976
Judy Rosly Judy Rosly ...  Mennoa 3 episodes, 1976
Iwao Yoshioka Iwao Yoshioka ...  Daro 3 episodes, 1976
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ...  Captain van Doren 2 episodes, 1976
Peter Godfrey Beaumont Peter Godfrey Beaumont ...  Cruiser Commander 2 episodes, 1976
Ganesh Kumar ...  Tremal Naik 2 episodes, 1976


Malaysia, the second half of 1800. The English Queen Victoria owns the domain of the eastern lands of Borneo, commanded by Lord James Guillonk, fierce and ruthless conqueror, father of the beautiful Marianna Guillon, nicknamed "the Pearl of Labuan". The brave Sandokan a young Indian prince, who as a child lost his kingdom because of the English Invasion. He is now the captain of a den of pirates who make constantly attacks against the British army.

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Release Date:

6 January 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Сандокан See more »

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(12 episodes) | (6 episodes) | (6 Episodes) | (series 2)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series Sandokan, which fictionally took place in the jungles of Sabah, Borneo, was filmed in the Malaysian Province of Terengannu, including Kapas Island, a small tropical island with palm fringed white sand beaches and dense jungles across the town of Marang. See more »


Referenced in La moglie in vacanza... l'amante in città (1980) See more »


Written by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis
Performed by Orchestra Di Guido E Maurizio De Angelis
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A children's television series that promotes courage, loyalty, and tolerance and shows history does indeed repeat itself
27 September 2004 | by simonize-1See all my reviews

I was very pleased to find the 1974 RAI-Italy series SANDOKAN complete on DVD. While the picture quality is such that it appears to originate simply from video (cassette), the story and themes with conflicting characterizations is certainly there.

Lord Brooke, the villain of the piece, likens himself to Sandokan: he feels that he is acting in the best interests of England, just as Sandokan works similarly for his people. Of course, Brooke with his private empire in Borneo/Sarawak together with his private army of dayaks is more like a precursor to Joseph Conrad's KURTZ in HEART OF DARKNESS.

The power accorded Brooke and his allies the second ruling class - the EAST India (TEA) COMPANY seems absolute, and corrupting in its absolutism.

Some of director SERGIO SOLLIMA's best films explore the nature of authority and the struggle of those under a harsh and unforgiving authority (eg. THE BIG GUNDOWN; FACE TO FACE; THE FAMILY, the corporate nature of the underworld, and even REVOLVER (the links between politics and crime).

SANDOKAN makes for an admirable hero, and though his romantic with the very young MARIANNA, not yet 18, fresh and idealistic, seems trite, it forms one third of the triangle that keeps his world in balance. The other is his men and the community on his island stronghold of MOMPRACEM.

Some of EMILIO SARAGLI's works including SANDOKAN are finally available in English. I was amazed to see that you only have need of a reading ability of 9-12 years.

Not to belabour the point but SANDOKAN is a children's adventure story with wonderfully exotic locations (India and Malaysia were used) and characters, which actually should be watched by the parents too.

(I used to be proud of the British Empire and all its exploits, but over the years it is clear that their methods and their goals were not that noble; and of course, one only has to watch the television and read the newspapers - sometimes between the lines - to realize the problems still exist

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