7100th Review!! – Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes and we will be reviewing our favorite Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to classickristen@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kristen!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s)……

“I’ve never seen a black man turn white before.” – Hassan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Sinbad must help an heir to a throne find a wizard who can change him back to human form after a witch changes him into a baboon.

My Take on it – Of the films in this pseudo-series, this is by far the weakest of them all.

Patrick Wayne, son of the famous John takes on the lead role of Sinbad and gives a far too campy performance.

He unfortunately doesn’t help make things feel more enjoyable in the way that he portrays the character.

The film’s special effects are also done well and the highlight is the climatic fight scene between the tiger and the troglodyte.

The dialogue is far too silly and the characters keep getting into some very strange and predictable situations throughout which is quite a shame because they could have possibly done much more here.

Bottom Line – Clearly the weakest film in the series. Wayne is far too campy as Sinbad and isn’t able to make things feel more enjoyable.  The effects are done well especially the climactic fight between the tiger and the troglodyte. The dialogue is too silly and things are far too predictable in the way it’s all presented which is a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – An uncredited Peter Mayhew is the live suit actor stand-in for the stop-motion Minaton (the bronze mechanical minotaur), whose name is a portmanteau of “minotaur” and “automaton”. Before filming, Mayhew was a hospital attendant at King’s College Hospital in London. Producer Charles H. Schneer saw Mayhew’s photo, in which he was literally standing above the crowd around him. This was Mayhew’s very first role, right before his more famous role of Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). Both films were released in 1977, and “Star Wars” was released three months before this film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close.  Weakest of the trio of films.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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