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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

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Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

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Sam Wanamaker

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Beverley Cross (screenplay), Beverley Cross (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Wayne ... Sinbad
Taryn Power Taryn Power ... Dione
Margaret Whiting Margaret Whiting ... Zenobia
Jane Seymour ... Farah
Patrick Troughton ... Melanthius
Kurt Christian Kurt Christian ... Rafi
Nadim Sawalha ... Hassan
Damien Thomas ... Kassim
Bruno Barnabe Bruno Barnabe ... Balsora
Bernard Kay ... Zabid
Salami Coker Salami Coker ... Maroof
David Sterne ... Aboo-Seer
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Storyline

Sinbad must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai to restore him to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia, her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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SINBAD! The Greatest of All Adventurers! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

14 July 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinbad at the World's End See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Troglodyte was originally going to be the "Guardian of Good" in the previous film, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), but was ultimately replaced by a Griffin. See more »

Goofs

When Sinbad sets out to reveal the baboon to Melanthius, Melanthius opts instead to demonstrate his telepathic powers by identifying the concealed creature without looking upon it. As he does so, he describes it as "an arboreal anthropoid of the genus, Papio", a taxonomic classification that would not be established until 1777. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hassan: Come on! Come on, come on, boys. Hey, captain, why the haste? The city will not vanish.
Aboo-Seer: It's not the city of Charak he wishes to see, but someone who dwells within.
Sinbad: After a long voyage, it is good to stretch one's legs.
Hassan: The only good thing about this port is the inn of Abu Jamil the Squint, who, for six months, I have been dreaming of his roasted sheep's eyes.
Aboo-Seer: And I the eyes of his daughter.
Sinbad: You were dreaming of more than her eyes.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits scroll over the crowning ceremony of Prince Kassim. After the credits have scrolled up, we see a shot of brazier of coals. Suddenly, two cat eyes belonging to Zenobia appear. See more »

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Referenced in Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011) See more »

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7/10 ~ 4/5 ~ Imperfectly Wonderful Ray Harryhausen Fantasy Fun.
10 March 2005 | by Doctor_MabuseSee all my reviews

Sinbad the Sailor voyages to the mythic northern realm of Hyperborea to restore a caliph from an evil witch's transformation.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, the follow-up to the classics The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, is an uneven conclusion to Ray Harryhausen's celebrated "Sinbad Trilogy". The troubled production began with a draggy script, budgetary restrictions and an inexperienced director; the film as released suffers from choppy editing, over-length and routine music scoring. One animation highlight (the giant walrus) is obscured by an optical snowstorm. The attractive cast performs listlessly and the villain is campy rather than truly menacing, although former "Doctor Who" Patrick Troughton is delightful as a befuddled wizard.

Yet, for all its flaws, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger remains an entertaining escapade in the old-fashioned Saturday-Matinée tradition. Costuming and settings are colorful and the film looks handsome in widescreen. The quest for the mystical Shrine of the Four Elements has a particularly epic quality with the usual eclectic blend of mythical elements set against the backdrop of the Arabian Nights.

Most importantly, Harryhausen's realistic stop-motion animation is as extraordinary as ever, with two of the animated-puppet creatures -- Kassim the Baboon and Trog the Troglodyte -- successfully functioning as actual communicative characters within the body of the story. Other wonders include insectoid demons, an over-sized mosquito, Minaton the Brass Minotaur and the saber-tooth tiger of the title.

Genuine movie fantasy is a rare commodity, and Ray Harryhausen's vision and conviction shine through the circumstances of production to make this a satisfying final visit to the land beyond Beyond.


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