The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad

(1974)
The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad

Starring John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro. (U)

 

A follow-up (more than a decade later) to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, this was, so the movie posters said, filmed in Dynarama – basically a fancy word for Ray Harryhausen’s terrific stop-motion special effects (‘stop motion’ being the trick where film-makers shoot a single frame as if they are using a still camera, and then another and another, altering the position of the creature a little between each shot to make it look as if it is moving). The bad guy this time is sorcerer Koura (Tom Baker, in a pre-Dr Who performance), who is after the same amulet that Sinbad is looking for.

Kids will enjoy the creatures and battles – especially a terrific scene in which the six-armed statue of Kali comes to life and engages Sinbad in a sword fight – though knuckle-chewing moments with the griffin and a one-eyed centaur mean this is most suitable for the over-nines. Watch out for Bond girl Caroline Munro and a young Martin Shaw (of TV’s The Professionals) in the mainly British cast. 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

As mentioned above, the centaur and griffin scenes are probably too frightening for children under the age of nine.

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