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on 14 June 2013
Based on the 8th voyage of Sinbad - the search for Alexander the Great's treasure - the film begins with Sinbad (Douglas Fairbanks Jr) and his dim sidekick Abbu (George Tobias) salvaging a ship from the rocks and a watery grave. On board, the crew are all dead, their water poisoned by a mysterious assassin. Inside the ship Sinbad discovers a map to Deryabar (somewhere off India according to the map) but before he can study it the map disappears. After scrapes with the beautiful, feisty Shireen (Maureen O'Hara), notorious assassin Jamal and the ruthless Emir of Daibul (Anthony Quinn doing his evil, ethnic shtick), Sinbad embarks on the 'quest of a lifetime' to find the treasure of Deryabar. To crew the vessel Abbu finds a disreputable and untrustworthy gang including a ship's barber (Walter Slezak) and an ex-galleon slave (Mike Mazurki). When Sinbad finally reaches Deryabar, along with 'inquisitive elephant' Jamal, Shireen and the Emir of Daibul they are a 'thousand years too late' as the great civilisation is in ruins. Directed by Richard Wallace in 1947 in lavish (even gaudy) technicolor, this RKO film has great sets, backdrops and costumes and some reasonable model work - they certainly don't make em like this anymore! This was Douglas Fairbanks first film after 6 years of war service in the US navy but you'd never know it because Fairbanks is the best thing about this film. With his infectious cackle, he moves with an athletic grace that would make his dad proud. Fairbanks plays Sinbad as a charismatic, theatrical con-man, 'the torturer of the truth', 'the biggest fraud in the Islamic world', 'the faker of the age'. Unfortunately, this film isn't blessed with Harryhausen's magnificent monsters (the closest we get are mentions of the Roc and the 'flesheating djinn' in a previous voyage) but we do have Fairbanks as the best ever Sinbad and a magnificent cast, especially Quinn, O'Hara, Slezak and Tobias. Look out for an early Jane Greer appearance, Alan Napier (Batman) and Brad Dexter (The Magnificent Seven) credited as Barry Mitchell.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 April 2012
Sinbad the Sailor is directed by Richard Wallace and written by John Twist and George Worthing Yates. It stars Douglas Fairbanks Junior, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Anthony Quinn, George Tobias and Jane Greer. Music is scored by Roy Webb and Technicolor cinematography by George Barnes.

Sinbad (Fairbanks Jr.) regales all about his Eighth Voyage, where he went to the fabled island of Deryabar in search of the lost treasure of Alexander the Great.

There's so much good about Sinbad the Sailor, the lush colour photography, the skilfully constructed sets and paintings, Roy Webb's evocative score, costuming to dazzle the eyes and Fairbanks Junior with energy and athleticism to burn. The trouble is that RKO only push the boat out half way, for they have let the writers come up with a very verbose screenplay, one which is painfully stretched to nearly two hours of film! For a family fantasy adventure film there is a surprisingly small amount of action to entertain the masses. When it comes, in dribs and drabs, it's well put together and a merciful relief, but alas, more elongated passages of barely worthwhile dialogue is just around the corner.

Still, the good points in the production are reason enough to sit through the two hours. Even the casting decisions, that sees American, Irish, Austrian & Mexican actors playing Asians, are forgiven given the gusto and charm they put into their respective roles. But don't be fooled, the poster proclaimed it as "One Of The Greatest Adventures Of All Times", that would be true, if only they had shaved about 30 minutes off of the first hour! 6/10

Footnote: There is yet to be a decent print of this film transfered onto DVD.
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I'm afraid I'm not an expert on Sinbad and other Persian adventures, though about the only one I know of, own and love is the classic The Thief of Bagdad.

Naturally, unfairly perhaps, I compare this with that.

I'm afraid I couldn't really follow the story but did enjoy the action as any big kid would. But, it's the little things that let this film down. Ravens that fly as though they're on a piece of wire and some of the sets look very false. The costumes are good, colourful and extravagant but in the version I saw, as others have said, sound is distorted, at any volume and the picture quality isn't so great either, despite the Technicolor.

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr definitely looks the part - dashing, mischievous and oriental. Maureen O'Hara literally lights up the screen; gorgeous, entrancing, mysterious. And Anthony Quinn, as the baddie has his trademark twinkle in his eye.

Maybe I'm seeing this movie for the first time 35 years too late as now, as an adult, I see the faults and not the awe, the glamour and spectacle. Whether or not it still holds bewilderment and enjoyment, especially over its entire near 2 hours, for today's ten year olds, that is a very different matter and a very significant one, both for parents and TV programmers.
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on 20 September 2010
I won't review the film as the Synopsis on Sinbad the Sailor from Amazon is OK. However I would like to state the fact, that this print is awful. It appears to be the same one supplied to the VHS version by The Video Collection and early BBC prints( They have broardcasting rights to most RKO films, and if shown again may get a better print. The picture is ok, but the sound is distorted, and poor Roy Webb's music suffers the most in this transfer. I have the Far East issue and although the picture is not that good, the sound is much better. The choice is wether one prefers a good sound and poorer picture, or visa versa...I will say,that for the price it's worth it for the trailer alone. The Analogue sound is better on this than the film soundtrack... So much for Digital recording transfers. I now am wary about future releases of Odeon, and sorry, I won't accept the explanation that, these are old films, as is quoted from some companies. Come on dvd releasing companies lets have some decent prints, I'd pay double to get this.
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on 19 December 2013
This was a favourite film of mine since childhood. So brilliantly over-acted by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. I would recommend this film to any person who still has the ability to revert to childhood and the wonderment of fantasy.
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on 3 September 2011
This is the best Sinbad movie ever. While it has no giant monsters, and limited special effects, I liked it for it's character development, and humor. Maureen O'Hara plays the part that is usually the helpless Damsel in Distress, except that Maureen O'Hara doesn't do helpless. In fact, she is working for the bad guy through most of the movie. Douglas Fairbanks Jr, plays a different sort of Sinbad as well. Is he a self-aggrandizing buffoon? Or is he really the hero he claims to be? The trials that lay ahead on his eighth voyage will tell all.
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on 27 February 2014
My all-time favourite Sinbad movie.
Fairbanks overacts whilst O'Hara smoulders and Quinn fumes.
I love this film, the language, the costumes, the sets, there is nothing to not like about it!
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on 29 September 2010
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on 5 August 2015
Yes its colourful in a gaudy kind of way, but Fairbanks is easily the most irritating Sinbad I have ever seen and to compound the matter there is just too much emphasis on comedy and not enough on action.

The final nail in the coffin is the total lack of any fantasy elements or magical scenarios. There are no monsters or fantastic creatures of any sort to be found at any point in the movie. Absoluteley zilch!!! Totally inexcusable when considering King Kong made a decade before. Even a shoddy man in a suit monster might have qualified this a fantasy let alone the delights of stop motion animation but sadly nothing at all.

I was let down by this as a child myself, after being spoiled by the monster filled delights of The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad (1958), Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1974) and Sinbad & The Eye Of The Tiger (1977). All of these especially the Seventh Voyage movie are a 1000 x better than this borefest. Hell, even that Captain Sinbad movie with the evil guy's heart kept in a tower is way better than this dud.

And I have to say my childhood days were looong ago. Todays younger audience would find this incredibly corny, camp and dated. And very, very boring. I certainly did both as a young lad and then catching this again on tv recently.

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on 30 July 2015
This takes me back to my childhood. I could barely remember it but it was good, old fashioned fun. They certainly don't make them like this anymore
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