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The Light At The Edge Of The World [DVD]


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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar, Jean-Claude Drouot, Fernando Rey
  • Directors: Kevin Billington
  • Writers: Jules Verne, Rachel Billington, Tom Rowe
  • Producers: Kirk Douglas, Alfredo Matas, Ilya Salkind
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z653U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Action adventure based on the novel by Jules Verne set in 1860s Argentina. Kirk Douglas stars as Denton, an apprentice lighthouse keeper on a rocky island in the treacherous waters of Cape Horn. The lighthouse keeper (Fernando Rey) and his assistant leave the lighthouse to investigate when they become suspicious of a ship that has come in near their island - leaving Denton alone. They are promptly killed by pirates aboard the ship, and the pirate's captain, Kongre (Yul Brynner) heads for the lighthouse and seizes Denton. Kongre then instigates his cunning and malicious plan, shutting down the real lighthouse and creating a false light to lure unsuspecting ships into the clutches of his gang. Denton, banished by his captors to a nearby island, must singlehandedly find a way to stop them - and to save a beautiful shipwrecked maiden, Arabella (Samantha Eggar).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 16 July 2008
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This period adventure based on a book by "Jules Verne" is an atmospheric ,dark,haunting thriller with excellent cinematography and a taut plot .

It is set on the ragged coast of Cape Horn where a pirate ship with an utterly brutal and psychopathic crew takes over a crucial light-house to deceptively lure the passenger ships onto the rocky and deceptively treacherous coast ,in order to pillage the freight and the rich travellers .

The relentless brutality of the pirates is sharply contrasted by the rugged beauty of the naturally majestic natural environment,which the director and cinematographer exploit with an arduous poetic delight .

Yul Brynner is sheer charisma as the elusive and eclectic captain of the weird but eccentrically gratuitious pirates,he has a supporting lieutenant played with a delicious evil streak by the talented French actor 'Drouot' and 'Kirk Douglas' is the unfortunate yet resourceful and moral keeper of the light house ,who is being hunted by the pirate crew as he tries to survive against a group of murderous thugs trapped in this perilous milieu .

Samantha Eggar arrives as a mysterious beauty surviving a brilliantly staged shipwreck ,where a passenger liner is deceptively lured to crash on the rocky coast ,and the events get very surreal with an eerie light and some extremely powerful yet violent sequences where the army of ferocious pirates are vying for the sensual beauty of Eggar like a pack of wolves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun 2012
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This little known film very certainly surprised me, freaked me out a lot - and I also found it rather depressing. Before reading further, please be advised that this review contains limited SPOILERS.

"The light at the edge of the world", made in 1971, is an adaptation of the novel "Le phare du bout du monde" written by Jules Verne. This eminent French author wrote it in 1901, but the book was published only in 1905, a couple of months after Verne died. Being amongst the last Verne's works, it is somehow different, darker and more violent than his earlier, more famous novels like "Around the world in 80 days", "20.000 leagues under the seas" or "Mysterious island".

The story happens in 1865 and its center is a lighthouse situated on a small desolate island somewhere in the southern end of South America (Argentina or Chile). A band of pirates under the command of a mysterious Jonathan Kongre takes the control of the lighthouse and murders two of the keepers. The pirates want to lure passing ships towards the rocks with a false light, when keeping the lighthouse out of service. But the third keeper, Denton, is still alive and hiding on the island - and he will try his best to stop the pirates.

In the film Jonathan Kongre, pirate leader, is played by Yul Brynner and the character of Denton is played by Kirk Douglas. The famous Spanish actor Fernando Rey appears briefly as the head keeper of the lighthouse, Captain Moriz - but his screen time is very limited... Belgian actor Jean-Claude Drouot, who much earlier became famous in continental Europe by playing "Thierry La Fronde" (a kind of French Robin Hood) in very popular French TV series plays here the character of Virgilio, who is Kongre's right hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Dickin on 17 July 2011
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Yes, you can tell this is an old movie but the themes and ideas are very contemporary. You have adventure, a female interest and some pretty explicit torture scenes. Today's kids would laugh at the special effects but the themes are strong, the acting convincing and the location very evocative of the story line. Filmed on the Costa Brava in Spain, the location is very rugged and beautiful. Plus, if you research the life of Salvador Dali you will read of the many wild parties and drinking sessions he had with the stars and crew. Jules Verne at his best.
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By phil6079 on 6 July 2014
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Unusual film but very enjoyable.
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An interesting adventure film from the early-'70s based on a Jules Verne story that can only be described as being bio-cosmic. Off the bleak location of Cape Horn around 1865, three light-house keepers: a jaded ex-miner with a troubled past,Will Denton (Kirk Douglas), Captain Moritz (Fernando Rey), young Felipe
(Massimo Ranieri) plus the latter's pet Capuchin monkey are confronted by wreckers led by pirate captain, Jonathan Kongre (Yul Brynner). After his companions are brutally murdered, Denton ekes out a passive existence in a cave till he resolves to fight back assisted by ship's engineer, Giuseppe Montefiore (Renato Salvatore) a survivor from one of the ships lured to the rocks by the pirates. The desperate situation is complicated by the presence of another survivor, a young English woman with flawed instincts, Arabella (Samantha Eggar), who is used by Kongre to imitate Denton's former love, Emily Jane. Douglas and Brynner act with tremendous flair: Douglas gives another heroic Nietzschean performance vis-a-vis 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1954) and Ulisse (1954). In terms of his appearance although he does not sport the usual curly blond locks, he still looks almost Germanic - a sort of Nineteenth-Century hippie journeyman - bearded, with straight light brown hair and fiery blue-green eyes. Brynner is a flamboyant counter-point. In some ways this film from 1971 seems like an inversion of Queimada! [1968-1970] and not only with the casting of Renato Salvatore. For me it is one of the key adventure films of the early-'70s which were pioneering years. The visual relationships and props are compelling. For example, Kongre's magnificent white stallion with its unicorn-like horn; the lighthouse itself with its silvery steel frame plus the Victorian fittings.
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