Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger


Action / Adventure / Drama / Family / Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 5595


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Peter Mayhew as Minoton
Jane Seymour as Farah
Patrick Wayne as Sinbad
Patrick Troughton as Melanthius
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

The weakest of the Sinbad films, but still has elements of merit for fans

The third and final instalment of the Harryhausen/Sinbad series and also Harryhausen's penultimate film before retiring from his work. I wish I could say this was a great way to go out, but it really isn't: in fact it's one of the most disappointing Harryhausen films I've ever seen. At least he finished with CLASH OF THE TITANS, which wasn't too bad at all. The problems with SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER are numerous, ranging from the obvious (bad acting) to the surprisingly shoddy stop-motion effects work at some points. And a proper storyline and a smidgen of originality wouldn't have gone amiss either.

The casting agent was obviously on the look out for cheap actors and actresses who were related to more famous personality; hence the casting of John Wayne's and Tyrone Power's offspring in the film. Patrick Wayne has little of the charisma and none of the acting skill of his father - all is forgiven, Kerwin Matthews - and is twice as dull. Taryn Power looks glamorous, but has a pointless role and is similarly lacking in the acting ability department. Chief glamour comes from Bond babe Jane Seymour, an actress whom I have personally always disliked, but she's actually not bad here. Probably because she gets little opportunity to open her mouth, instead flaunting her cleavage and lose her clothes whenever convenient.

Margaret Whiting seems to have come from the melodramatic school of acting, with an eye-rollingly villainous performance. Therefore it's a shame that she's not in the least bit threatening and impossible to take seriously. Patrick Troughton also shows up, wearing a smock and endowed with a grey wig and beard. His role is of a wise old magician, and he's happy to ham it up as much as possible. Fans of British horror of the period will no doubt spot HORROR HOSPITAL's Kurt Christian pop up in a minor role, while Damien Thomas, the evil Count Karnstein from TWINS OF EVIL, plays Kassim who has been transformed into a baboon for much of the film. And that's where the trouble really begins.

I mean, I know this film was of the extreme low budget variety (face it, even a lot of the backgrounds are looking poor here), but wouldn't it have been easier to get a real primate into the film instead of having poor old Harryhausen spending most of his time animating one? As the creature is on screen for nearly the whole running time loads of work must have gone into it and it sadly looks choppy and fake - definitely not one of Harryhausen's best. Also, annoyingly, some of the master's stop-motion effects take place at night, so that it's almost impossible to see what's going on. How infuriating!

The problem with Harryhausen's work here is the lack of originality, which I suppose we can only blame on the auteur himself. Almost ALL of the creatures in the film have been seen elsewhere. The giant wasp was already done in MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, the miniature woman was seen in THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, while the "fleshless ghouls" are just a riff on the bug-eyed aliens in FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. And the bronze statue of Minaton is just a poorly-disguised variation of the Talos colossus from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS! On the film's plus side, one of Harryhausen's finest creations is in this film, in the shape of a ten foot tall troglodyte (sort of a cross between a Cyclops and a neanderthal), who is exceptionally well-animated and cool-looking. Surprisingly, this creature is also on the side of good for a change, and joins our party on their journey. Jar-Jar Binks he ain't.

Things do at least pick up for an impressive climax set in a pyramid (!), where we see the Aurora borealis getting channelled into the ground or something. There's an impressive battle between the aforementioned troglodyte and a good-looking sabre-tooth tiger and a predictable "collapse" of the building at the very end. The film also receives marks for having one original moment where the explorers travel to an icy region and battle a walrus; at least there was something that hadn't been done before. So, in all, SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER is a film for a) Jane Seymour fanciers, b) Harryhausen enthusiasts, and c) people who enjoy watching old-fashioned adventure yarns and don't mind over-long running times and a lack of acting and story. Not totally worthless, but definitely one of the weakest in the sub-genre, although that still makes it tons better than modern soulless CGI adventure films.

Reviewed by Kingkitsch 5 / 10

The third time was not the charm.

1958's Harryhausen classic "7th Voyage of Sinbad" had it all: lush Technicolor, a thunderous score by the brilliant Bernard Herrmann, a decent story with convincing performances (especially Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad), and the greatest of all Harryhausen's stop-motion effects. It wowed audiences and became one of 1958's top grossing movies.

Years later, Harryhausen would again attempt two other Sinbad adventures, competing against the increasingly technologically suave special effects of the day. "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" appeared in 1973, campy enough to get the attention of post-stoners who grew up watching the classic Harryhausen films on TV. "Golden Voyage" isn't great, but it's watchable. John Philip Law was a serviceable Sinbad (with the exception of the line "Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel"), the rest of the cast is forgotten now and the only thing that remains are Harryhausen's effects. By 1973, stop-motion was becoming a thing of the past. Although "Golden" contains one of Harryhausen's very best efforts, the fight with the multi-armed Kali, "Golden" was marred by the terrible film quality of the time and a weak, unmemorable score which did nothing to propel the film. Since all Ray's "creature" films contain a battle between two mystical beasts, the climatic fight is between a griffin and a centaur. Both creatures look, well, ratty and slightly drunk. The feathers and fur consistently warp, looking like shag carpeting draped over figures borrowed from "Gumby". All the fluidity shown in the Cyclops sequences for "7th Voyage" are missing. For someone who had looked forward to a new Sinbad adventure since 1958, this second movie failed to deliver.

Poor Harryhausen. His amazing work was nearly killed in 1977 when he released "S. and the Eye of the Tiger". From the first moments the film unspools, the low quality of the production is evident. The "ghouls" that appear behind the lousy 70s titles are bad versions of his insect-men from "First Men in the Moon". All the actors involved just wander around looking for a paycheck. "Famous" actors with more famous parents perform in what seems to be drug-fueled stupors. Both Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne) and Taryn Power (daughter of Tyrone Power) just sort of stand around and watch all the weirdness unfold. Only Margaret Whiting, as Zenobia, the seagull-footed witch gives any energy. Her performance is all scenery chewing, but after Wayne and Power, anything looked better. As to the creatures, only the witch's robotic golden bull-man, the Minotaun, has the charm we want from Harryhausen. Unfortunately, this wonderful creature is destroyed without given anything great to do by dropping a large rock on itself. The expected battle between the titular "tiger" and a troglodyte is weak, jerky, and without any tension.The saber-tooth tiger actually looks like a stuffed toy jumping around.

Sadly, Harryhausen would only release one more feature film, "Clash of the Titans" some years later. "Titans' has one worthwhile sequence, the battle with Medusa. That's it. The great auteur and craftsman behind so many memorable moments in a darkened theater was finally eclipsed by technology and the lack of great direction and musical support. "Eye of the Tiger", is a sad coda to a great career, which ended in "Titans". Harryhausen should never have given in to his lust for Greek mythology when his vision for the unknown and exotic were his true talents.

Unless you are a Harryhausen completest, it's safe to bypass both "Tiger" and "Golden". With only a few notable sequences,they're not worth wasting your time on.

Reviewed by Mathewdixon42 8 / 10

Another nostalgic adventure from Ray Harryhausen!

I recently review The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, now having grown up with both films I wanted to review this one as well. I mostly wanted to discuss this one, because honestly, I like it a bit better. At the time, it was the same summer that Star Wars was released. Although this film does not stand on the same level as A New Hope, it is an enjoyable film in its own right.

This time around Sinbad has journey to the kingdom of Charak to ask his good friend Kassim for his sister Farah's hand in marriage. The captain, however, finds that Kassim has been placed under a terrible curse. Now Sinbad must journey to find an ancient Alchemist and an ancient land to find a cure.

Three performances stand out in this film. The first is Taryn Power as Dione. Her deep voice and demeanor brings an air of tomboyish toughness to the role, while also giving the impression of a very sensitive and intelligent person. She offsets the overwhelming stereotypical "damsel- in-distress" Jane Seymour as Farah perfectly. The second is (similar to The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), another Doctor Who alum, Patrick Troughton. He plays the Alchemist Melanthius. In similar style to Tom Baker's performance in Golden Voyage, Troughton brings an over-the-top style to Melanthius, which makes him undeniably fun to watch. His commanding voice and presence make for the perfect scene stealing character. However, he must complete for the scene occasionally with the villain of the piece. Margaret Whiting portrays the films antagonist Zenobia. Who in all honestly gives a performance as enjoyably over-the-top as her characters name. Her accent is deliciously villainous. Her costumes put give her an air of class, although Whiting always has a way of showing you the monster underneath. Her performance is shockingly emotional for a film like this. Her character seems to genuinely care for her son, and her raw emotion towards him at the end of the film is very convincing.

The production and set design for this film is very pleasing to the eye, even more so than the previous film. Much more of this film takes place outdoors, rather than in caves and on the ship. This gives the film a much more adventurous feel.

The dialogue in the film doesn't feel as tacked on this time around, although there are still quite a few cheesy moments to be found. Although some might say this makes it more enjoyable. The romantic subplot between Sinbad and Farah is forgotten about as quick as it is introduced. Only to be reintroduced at the tail end, not to complain too much about that. However it seems like it was unnecessary aside from getting Sinbad involved in the adventure.

As with the other films in the series, the highlight of the experience is the animation and creature designs from Ray Harrhausen. These animations make for several enjoyable action sequences. Harryhausen was also able to animate a constant companion for Zenobia, the golden hulk, Minaton. Minaton is almost perfectly integrated with Zenobia and her son Raffi on their ship. Unless you knew beforehand, one would not be able to see that Minaton was most likely only the size of an average action figure. The baboon was so perfectly animated with the cast that one would almost believe it was real. Overall the special effects in this film we're amazing for the time and still hold up even today.

Overall this film is a highly enjoyable classic from Ray Harryhausen. There are several fun performances to be seen. The production value is gorgeous to look at. The special effects are incredible even today.

I give this film eight out of ten for the following reasons. First, Several of the performances are fun enough to carry the film alone. Second, The production design and sets are even larger than the last film. Third, The special effects from Ray Harryhausen are as fun as ever and even more creative with each film.

The film loses points only for the same kind of episodic writing as the last film. As well as the occasional silly dialogue.

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