The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) is an American fantasy action adventure movie that was filmed in Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain; Madrid, Spain and in Torrent de Pareis, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Director Gordon Hessler (Cry of the Banshee (1970), The Oblong Box (1969), Scream and Scream Again (1970)) did a phenomenal job executing this beautiful fantasy movie. The script was excellent although it had plot holes and goofs, but I love the movie for what it is and the costumes.
Sinbad (John Phillip Law - Barbarella (1968), Death Rides a Horse (1966), Space Mutiny (1988)) saw a flying creature drop a golden tablet while he was sailing. Sinbad wore the tablet around his neck as an amulet. Sinbad had a strange dream that same night where he saw a man dressed in black calling his name, Sinbad, numerous times. He also dreamt of a girl with a tattoo of an eye on her right palm. He awoke to find his ship going off course after a mysterious storm occurred while he was sleeping. Sinbad and his crew swam to the beach in the country of Marabia where Sinbad met a dark-cloaked man. The man demanded Sinbad to give him the amulet around his neck. After a few events, Sinbad met with the Grand Vizier of Marabia (Douglas Wilmer - Octopussy (1983), Patton (1970), Jason and the Argonauts (1963)) who wears a golden mask. He wears the mask to hide his disfigured face and claims that Sinbad’s amulet is one piece of a puzzle. The Vizier told Sinbad the story of the amulets and what happens when all three pieces are joined. The three amulets will show a map with the path to the Fountain of Destiny, which will grant youth, a shield of darkness, and a crown of untold riches to who joins all three amulets.
Sinbad and the Vizier worked together with Prince Koura (Tom Baker - Doctor Who (1963), Sprung! The Magic Roundabout (2005), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)) who is the black-cloaked man. Prince Koura only dreams of the day he can conquer Marabia. He tried to do so once by setting a room on fire that he locked the Vizier in which resulted in the Vizier’s disfigured face. Sinbad’s dreams are becoming reality a little too quickly as he meets Margiana (Caroline Munro - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Maniac (1980), Slaughter High (1986)) who is a slave-girl and the girl in his dream. After a few more events, Sinbad is back at sea with a few new teammates including Margiana. There are so many other wonderful events that happen, but it will be a spoiler to write more about the movie.
I encourage everyone who loves a good entertaining fantasy movie to rent this movie as soon as possible, most libraries should have it if not found on Netflix. The action and sceneries in this movie are the best part for me aside from the magical creatures that Koura creates with his evil spells. Most of the sword fights were not convincing, but the production set design and costumes were exquisitely done and made up for that. I felt at times as though I was being treated to a fantasy world that was captivating. The creatures are amazing although they were not exactly realistic. I love the feeling of solving the puzzles along with the characters that made me more adaptable to the film. The movie was executed really well, and I will watch it again.
About The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Starring: Robert Rietty, Caroline Munro, Robert Shaw, Douglas Wilmer, Ferdinando Poggi, John Phillip Law, Grégoire Aslan, Kurt Christian, Takis Emmanuel, David Garfield, Aldo Sambrell, Tom Baker, Martin Shaw
Director: Gordon Hessler