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Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights (1998)

Young Anthony and his grandfather read a magical book about their ancestor Sinbad and become participants in it. Sinbad and wizard Sage must stop evil wizard Bophisto and his minion Nimbus from obtaining the key to all knowledge.


Alan Mehrez


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Grieco ... Sinbad
Ryan Slater ... Anthony
Dean Stockwell ... Bophisto
Mickey Rooney ... Sage
Elvis Restaino Elvis Restaino ... Murki Khan (as Elvisto Restaino)
Anthony De Longis ... General Nimbus
Nikolai Binev Nikolai Binev ... Pop-Pop
Lisa Ann Russell ... Shalazar
Dante Basco ... Prince Hong
Robert Chapin Robert Chapin ... Keither
Zelda Rubinstein ... Micha
Alan Mehrez Alan Mehrez ... Sultan
Maya Bejanska Maya Bejanska ... Minion
Eva Kirilova Eva Kirilova ... Gypsy Leader
Anthony Medwetz Anthony Medwetz ... Young Sinbad


Young Anthony comes from a materialistic rich Republican family. One evening, his mystical flatulence-prone grandfather shows him a book about the adventures of Sinbad, a legendary medieval Middle Eastern sailor, explorer and adventurer, who's also their ancestor. Grandpa also show Anthony a magical coin that can remove the boundary between fantasy and reality. They use it to take part in the adventures Sinbad has in the book. However, this causes a Jumanji-like effect, since stuff from the book occasionally comes to life inside of their mansion. Despite being a sailor, Sinbad and his party are this time on mainland, where they meet a funny and strange old sage. At first, Sinbad can't stand him, but the immediacy of their situation brings them together. Bophisto, one of the most powerful and evil wizards of all time, is dying, so he's sent his minions to find the key to all knowledge, which could tell him how to heal himself. They are led by two generals, evil and very eccentric Murki...

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Everlasting Love! High Adventure! For Honor and Glory!


Adventure | Fantasy


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During editing, the crew realized that the film had an in-cohesive plot, so it was decided that new sequences would be shot in Bulgaria to clarify the story. Alan Mehrez hired his friend Elvis Restaino to direct these sequences, which starred Ryan Slater] and Restaino himself as the villain Murkhi Khan. Restaino added a deliberately campy tone to the Bulgaria-shot footage which clashed with the serious tone of the Mehrez-directed segments. See more »


The end credits include a typo. The princess's name is credited as SHALAZAR, but then a moment later the younger version of the character is credited as SHALIZAR. See more »


Sinbad: How'd you beat me here?
Sage: You might be a great warrior, but you don't know shortcuts.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Why do they make films like this!?
18 November 1999 | by The JudgeSee all my reviews

You've got to be kidding me, right? I mean, this was some sort of a joke or something, right? They wouldn't really make a movie THIS bad and be for real, right?

Words cannot begin to describe just how horrible this movie really is. It was obviously an attempt at an adventure/comedy, but man, even the jokes they try to show are just awful. JUST AWFUL!

Apparently Richard Grieco and Mickey Rooney needed money or something and Dean Stockwell! My level of respect for him has diminished dramatically just for the fact that he appears croaking and grunting like some evil frog in this thing.

If this ever makes it to regular TV, and I am sure it will since TV programming people have no souls anyway, trust me when I say it would be more entertaining for you to tune to a channel with static on it instead. Please, I beg of you. Whatever you do, do NOT watch this load of a film.

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Release Date:

11 June 1998 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinbad: Bitka crnih vitezova See more »

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Amman, Jordan See more »

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FM Entertainment See more »
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