Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The (1973)
“There is a third part still to be found; it must be found!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… “the Siren figurehead on Sinbad’s ship that Koura [the magician] brings to life”:
… “a tiny, ugly, winged Homunculus that serves as Koura’s spy”:
… “and a centaur and griffin, whose battle is a highlight.”
The final sword battle between Sinbad and his nemesis Koura — involving a “shield of darkness” — is also nicely handled.
I’m essentially in agreement with Peary’s assessment. This escapist fantasy is a little slow at times, but it’s creatively filmed, and Harryhausen’s unique creations are always worth watching. Meanwhile, Munro is gorgeous eye candy:
… and Baker is effectively evil as a magician whose very life is predicated upon locating the mythical fountain of youth.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
2 thoughts on “Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The (1973)”
This gets my vote as the best of the three Sinbad films made by Harryhausen. Agree with all points above bar the criticism of the film being slow. Like all of RH’s this has a real sense of awe and wonder about it and the cast are particularly strong. That said, I wish Munro wasn’t dubbed by someone else.
Not as quite as good as Harryhausen’s best (Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans) this is not far below those classics though. Recommended as a good show but I’d say that it’s not essential viewing for FFs (see Jason and Clash).
Rewatch (7/23/22). Only for fans of the series.
A reasonably engaging adventure tale that mainly comes alive during the Harryhausen sequences. As Sinbad, Law is a bit bland but serviceable.
There is an occasional lapse in logic but that’s not supposed to matter with this kind of story. Sinbad fans, esp. young ones, may not mind if the flick is sometimes a bit slow-moving.