Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.
1974 Arabian Nights Days
fantasy movie by Ray Harryhausen
starring John Philip Law, Tom Baker
, and Caroline Munro's Cleavage
.Sinbad the Sailor
searches for the lost continent of Lemuria with the help of his trusty crew along with the disfigured Grand Vizier of Marabia and the perpetually under-dressed ex-slavegirl Margiana. Along the way they will battle the evil sorcerer Prince Koura and encounter fantastic creatures such as the griffin and -in the film's most technically stunning moment — a six-armed statue of Kali brought to life through Koura's magic.
With special effects by Ray Harryhausen
and a musical score by Miklós Rózsa
(who also scored the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad
) The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
is definitely an enjoyable experience — they don't make 'em like this anymore.
Not to be confused with the MST3K
-featured The Magic Voyage of Sinbad
(actually the film Sadko
This movie provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: Caroline Munro, oiled.
- Benevolent Boss: Believe it or not, Prince Koura. He never indulges in a Kick the Dog moment with his second-in-command, Achmed, and as the final confrontation with Sinbad approaches Koura actually sends him to safety rather than place his life at risk.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Margiana.
- Blood Is Squicker in Water: Prince Koura in the Fountain of Destiny.
- Blood Magic: The evil wizard Prince Koura uses his own blood to create a homunculus.
- Cast from Lifespan: Prince Koura can use black magic, but at the price of aging every time he casts a spell.
- Catch Phrase: see the page quote.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sinbad. For example, when Hassan's father says Allah will smile upon Sinbad for taking on lazy Hassan, Sinbad quips, "More likely he will laugh in my face."
- Dual Wielding: Kali, with six blades.
- Dull Surprise: John Phillip Law, all the time.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: At one of Haroun's goofs and the joke Sinbad and the Vizier make about Sinbad's Catch Phrase.
- Fake Nationality: Pretty much the entire cast. But unlike Harryhausen's other two Sinbad movies, everyone here actually looks Arabic and puts on an approximation of an Arabic accent.
- Fanfare: For the Grand Vizier.
- Flynning: All over the movie, particularly pronounced in the fight with Kali. The fight with Koura might be justified, as he's invisible at the time and the only visible part of him is his sword.
- Free Sample Plot Coupon: The Grand Vizier of Marabia gives Sinbad a quest to find the three golden tablets before the evil Koura does. Luckily Sinbad accidentally acquired the first tablet from Koura before meeting the Vizier, and uses it to locate the area where the other two tablets can be found.
- Give Me a Sword
- The Good Chancellor: One of the few Arabian Nights movies with a good Grand Vizier instead of an evil one.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The Grand Vizier (who, as mentioned above, is a good guy, unusual for these sorts of stories) had his entire face burned off thanks to the mischief of Prince Koura, and so now wears a golden mask. He takes it off to scare some hostile tribesmen away, and later regains his face when Sinbad crowns him Sultan
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Prince Koura is played by Tom Baker.
- It should be noted that his performance as Koura was one of the main factors in Tom Baker's being picked by the BBC to play the Doctor.
- And Sinbad is played by Kalgon from Space Mutiny.
- Hollywood Torches
- Horned Humanoid: Explains the plot for them.
- Human Sacrifice: Mariana's birthmark signals that she is supposed to be one for the Cyclops Centaur
- Large Ham: it's Tom Baker, what do you expect? This is especially true when he's controlling the figurehead and when he swordfights with Sinbad near the end.
- It's true from his very first scene: