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Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)

Sinbad and his shipmates aid a young prince, who must battle an evil wizard to gain the hand of a beautiful princess.

Directors:

Enzo G. Castellari, Luigi Cozzi (uncredited)

Writers:

Ian Danby (additional dialogue), Luigi Cozzi (story) (as Lewis Coates) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Ferrigno ... Sinbad
John Steiner ... Jaffar
Roland Wybenga Roland Wybenga ... Alì
Ennio Girolami ... Viking (as Enio Girolami)
Hal Yamanouchi ... Samurai (as Haruhiko Yamanouchi)
Yehuda Efroni ... Ahmed
Alessandra Martines ... Alina
Teagan Clive Teagan Clive ... Soukra (as Teagan)
Leo Gullotta ... Nadir
Stefania Girolami Goodwin ... Kyra (as Stefania Girolami)
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Calif (as Donal Hodson)
Melonee Rodgers Melonee Rodgers ... Farida
Cork Hubbert ... Midget
Romano Puppo ... Captain
Attilio Cesare Lo Pinto Attilio Cesare Lo Pinto ... Zombie King (as Attilio Lo Pinto)
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Storyline

Fantasy tale based on the tale of the legendary sailor. Here Sinbad must recover five magical stones to free the city of Basra from the evil spell cast by a wizard. His journey takes him to the isle of the Amazons where the queen tries to capture him, to a battle with ghost warriors on the isle of the dead, and ultimately to a battle with his own double. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A magical adventure. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1989 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinbad See more »

Filming Locations:

Basra, Iraq See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Films See more »
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Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Luigi Cozzi was originally going to direct the film back in 1986 but he was replaced at the last minute by the producers with Enzo G. Castellari. Castellari changed Cozzi's script drastically and several million dollars later, wound up submitting three hours of non-releasable footage to the producer, who shelved the whole project. In 1989, Cozzi was hired back to try to fix up the picture via re-editing, the producer spending an additional half million dollars finishing it. See more »

Quotes

Sinbad: You're losing power, Jaffar... and you *know* it!
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Follows The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) See more »

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Family friendly, swashbuckling fun
16 September 2006 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

An awesomely ripped Lou Ferrigno headlines here as the eponymous hero in this visually lavish fantasy flick brought to us by the ever reliable Enzo G.Castellari.

Sinbad's mission is to brave numerous perils in order to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of an evil wizard named Jaffar who has taken over the kingdom of Basra by dark magical means.

Also along for the adventure are Sinbad's crew who are comprised of a mighty viking, a philosophical samurai warrior, a dashing prince who is betrothed to the captive princess, a bald chef and a dwarf named Poochi(!) Along the way this brave band of heroes find themselves up against undead armies, rock monsters, seductive Amazonians and a slimy ogre plus in the finale, big Lou comes up against his own clone!!!

Approach this in the right frame of mind and you should have a good time, after all it's entirely harmless fun in much the same vein as films such as Labyrinth etc.

Certainly the film does have far higher production values than most Italian films of the eighties with some beautifully sumptuous sets and costumes on display throughout. Added to this there's a good assemble of B-Movie stars; Big Lou, Romano Puppo (sadly relegated to a very minor role) and of course the ever wonderful John Steiner who is clearly having a ball with his material here as the delightfully hissable Jaffar.

Unfortunately, there are a number of factors which do seriously drag the film down however. For instance, a few of the characters (most notably Lou) have been entirely overdubbed with irritating voice overs - quite why this was the case, I have no idea.

By far the most damning criticism I have for the film though is the intrusive and annoying narrative that accompanies (and incessantly interjects upon!) the proceedings throughout. You see, the basis for the film is that everything taking place on screen is actually a bedtime story being read to a little girl by her mother. And wouldn't you know it - the mother's voice is yet another infuriating overdub!!!

Still, to be fair and looking past these failings, this is actually a fairly enjoyable watch. If you like a spot of swashbuckling fantasy and enjoy films such as The Princess Bride and the aforementioned Labyrinth then this may well be right up your street.


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