Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Alec Mango, Danny Green, Harold Kasket, Alfred Brown, Nana DeHerrera, and Nino Falanga. Directed by Nathan Juran.
Director: Nathan Juran
Script: Ken Kolb, Ray Harryhausen (story)
Photo: Wilkie Cooper
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Cast: Kerwin Mathews (Sinbad), Kathryn Grant (Princess Parisa), Richard Eyer (The Genie), Torin Thatcher (Sokurah the Magician), Alec Mango (Caliph), Danny Green (Karim), Harold Kasket (Sultan), Alfred Brown (Harufa), Nana DeHerrera (Sadi), Nino Falanga (Gaunt Sailor), Luis Guedes (Crewman), Virgilio Teixeira (Ali)
Runtime: 88 min
Sinbad the Sailor is returning to Baghdad with the Princess Parisa, whom he intends to marry to secure a lasting peace between their two countries. On the way, he and his crew land on the island of Colossa to replenish their stock of food and water. Here, Sinbad meets the sorcerer Sokurah, just as his men manage to get on the wrong side of a giant one-eyed monster, the Cyclops. Sokurah saves Sinbad’s crew from being barbecued by the Cyclops with the help of a genie from his magic lamp. Just as Sinband and his men reach the safety of their ship, Sokurah drops the lamp into the sea and the Cyclops seizes it. The sorcerer insists that Sinband takes him back to the island so that he can recover the lamp, but the sailor refuses and they continue on their way to Baghdad. There, having once more failed to get his own way, Sokurah shrinks Parisa in a ruse to force Sinbad to take him back to Colossa, Parisa can only be restored to her normal size with a magic potion made from the eggshell of a giant two-headed bird that is found only on the island. Once Sokurah has defeated the Cyclops and recovered his lamp, he will have no further use for Sinbad. The sailor and his crew will make a nice tasty snack for his pet dragon, or so he thinks…
© frenchfilmguide.com 2012
One of the best-loved fantasy films of all time, popular with adults and children alike, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was the first in a series of colour fantasy films that showcased the talents of special effects designer Ray Harryhausen. Willis H. O’Brien had pioneered stop-motion animation in the 1930s, most notably in the 1933 version of King Kong, but it would be his disciple and successor Harryhausen who would perfect the art, giving cinema some of its most enduring images. As well as the three Sinbad films he worked on, Harryhausen would also bring to life a plethora of dinosaurs in One Million Years B.C. (1961) and realise some of cinema’s finest ever special effects in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad includes some of Harryhausen’s most memorable creations – the dancing snake-woman, the vicious two-headed roc, the fire-breathing dragon, a skeletal warrior
and, best of all, the gigantic cloven-hoofed Cyclops. This cavalcade of monstrous creations is clearly the film’s main draw and they certainly put their human co-stars to shame. The Cyclops alone has more charisma than the rest of the cast put together. The comparatively bland ensemble of human thesps were presumably selected not on the strength of their acting ability (which in many cases is pretty negligible) but so that they would not distract too much from the real stars of the show, the animated monsters. And rightly so.
It is the sheer genius of Ray Harryhausen’s work that makes this film so enjoyable and has prevented it from dating as much as it might. This colourful Arabian Nights-themed concoction of myth, sorcery and intrepid adventure is pure escapist fun that continues to delight and enthral. You can keep your soulless computer-generated effects wizardry, a complacent technology that has taken virtually all of the magic out of the art of special effects. The eye-popping spectacle that is The 7th Voyage of Sinbad gives us the real McCoy – effects you can genuinely marvel at and which leave you feeling that you’ve had your money’s worth.
© James Travers 2009
When a princess (Kathryn Grant) is shrunken by an evil wizard (Torin Thatcher), Sinbad (Kerwin Mathews) must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.
While sailing with Princess Parisa to Baghdad to their wedding, Sinbad finds the Colossa Island and anchors his vessel to get supplies for the starving crew. Sinbad and his men help the magician Sokurah to escape from a Cyclops that attacks them, and Sokurah uses a magic lamp with a boy jinni to help them; however, their boat sinks and he loses the lamp. Sokurah offers a small fortune to Sinbad to return to Colossa, but he does not accept and heads to Baghdad. The citizens and the Caliph of Baghdad are celebrating the peace with Chandra, and they offer a feast to the Sultan of Chandra. Sakurah requests a ship and crew to return to Colossa but the Caliph refuses to jeopardize his countrymen. However, the treacherous magician shrinks the princess and when the desperate Sinbad seeks him out, he tells that he needs to return to Colossa to get the ingredient necessary for the magic potion. But Sinbad has only his friend Harufa to travel with him, and he decides to enlist a doubtful crew in the prison of Baghdad, in the beginning of his dangerous voyage to Colossa to save the princess and avoid the eminent war between Chandra and Baghdad.
Jason and the Argonauts
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