Genre Guesstimation – The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)


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)……

“Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel!” – Sinbad

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Sinbad must help a disfigured vizier find a secret foundation of youth before an evil wizard finds it.

My Take on it – This is a pseudo-sequel to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1957) even though there is more than a 16 year gap between the production of the films.

The story itself if quite interesting yet things aren’t as good as they could have been largely due to the way that things feel a bit too campy along the way.

This is an adventure story that has a fun plot which allows them to present the fantastical elements of the story quite well

The film’s cast is fine, even if none of them really stick out among the rest.

John Philip Law is ok in the lead role as Sinbad, but isn’t nearly as good as Kerwin Mathews was in the original film.

The film’s special effects are done really well and they enhance the story even more.

The stop motion creatures are integral to this story and they are integrated really well into the story line.

The movie’s various magical aspects and creatures all help add to the realistic feel of this fantasy world.

The dialogue is a bit too wooden and campy which is a bit problematic.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that falls a bit flat along the way because parts feel too campy. The adventure story is told well and they manage to present the fantastical elements really well here. The cast is fine and Law is ok as the Sinbad here.  The special effects help enhance the story with the stop action motion creatures who are integral to the story. The various magical aspects and creatures in the story help create a fantasy world that seems pretty realistic in many aspects despite the campyness of the dialogue.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Shaw was a friend of producer Charles H. Schneer, who persuaded him to play the Oracle of All Knowledge. Shaw agreed, as a favor, but requested that he not get any credit for the role. Shaw was extremely popular at the time, and felt that the genre was beneath him. His face was heavily swathed in make-up, and his voice electronically altered by a sound engineer. Shaw was paid £5,000 for just 20 minutes of work. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Fun special effects and story, but not really a powerful enough plot.

Rating –BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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