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Captain Sindbad (1963)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Family | 19 June 1963 (USA)
The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess ... See full summary »


Byron Haskin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Williams ... Captain Sindbad
Heidi Brühl ... Princess Jana
Pedro Armendáriz ... El Kerim (as Pedro Armendariz)
Abraham Sofaer ... Galgo
Bernie Hamilton ... Quinius
Helmuth Schneider ... Bendar
Margaret Jahnen ... Lady-in-Waiting
Rolf Wanka ... The King
Walter Barnes ... Rolf
James Dobson James Dobson ... Iffritch
Maurice Marsac ... Ahmed
Henry Brandon ... Col. Kabar
John Crawford ... Aram
Geoffrey Toone ... Mohar
Lawrence Montaigne ... Jafar


The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess convinces the magician Galgo to turn her into a small bird, so that she may fly off to warn Sinbad of the trap set against him. She flies off just as Galgo is discovered by the guards, who take him to El-Carim. As Sindbad and his crew sail towards Baristan, the Princess-Firebird descends and lands on the ship. But before she can deliver the message, El-Carim transforms the guards into giant human falcons, to drop rocks onto Sindbad's ship sinking it. However, Sindbad and some of his crew have survived, and they carefully make their way to shore. Galgo makes his arm stretch out to an enormous length, long enough to grab El-Carim's magic ring, but the evil king wakes up in time to burn Galgo's hand. Sindbad manages to get arrested, and soon appears before the dictator as a petty thief. El-Carim is not ...

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Release Date:

19 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine Sindbad See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Apparently released the same day as the superior film "Jason and the Argonauts". See more »


As Sinbad is rescued from the water by fishermen, he is seen with his head towards the front of the boat, but when the angle of the scene changes, his head is now towards the rear of the boat. See more »


Galgo: There are three men before whom a woman need have no shame: her husband, her doctor and her magician.
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Sympathetic and witty adventure with a good-looking and intrepid adventurer , Sinbad : Guy Williams
21 August 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Mildly fun movie based on ancient legends , being a loose retelling of the ¨Arabian nights¨ or ¨1001 nights¨ . Swashbuckling/legendary movie with a valiant hero , Sinbad/Guy Williams , who proves some his feats , as fighting , batting , and sword-play against the heinous enemies , but he buckles his way gallantly through this stirring actioner . Here Sinbad (Guy Williams who passed away in 1989 at age 65) must destroy the evil El Kerim (Pedro Armendariz) and his hoodlum Col. Kabar (Henry Brandon) in the peaceful kingdom of Baristan . Kerim schemes to capture his rival , Sinbad , who will soon go back from far seas along with his crew (Bernie Hamilton , Walter Barnes , John Crawford , and Helmut Schneider who died at 51) . Meanwhile , the wonderful Princess Jana (Heidi Brühl married to actor Brett Halsey and died early at 49) convinces the wizard Galgo (Abraham Sofaer) to transform her into a small bird . As Sinbad and his sailors sail towards Baristan , the Princess-Firebird descends and lands on the ship . But before she can deliver the message , El-Carim turns his warriors into giant human falcons , to drop rocks onto Sindbad's ship sinking it.... Later on , Sinbad must tackle a lot of dangers , such as an invisible monster , a many-headed hydra , quicksands , man-eating fish , crocodiles , a large fist clad in a spiked glove , and more . To kill the nasty Visir , Sinbad must slash his heart , which is kept in a tower with no entrance . Sinbad helped by the magician Galgo will have to face off several risks , villains and Kerim's henchmen .

Swashbuckling adventures of Sinbad the sailor accompanied a group of engaging adventurers . An enormous , epic US/Germany co-production lavishly shot in Bavaria studios , Múnich , recreated with matte-painting , and a great number of special effects , FX , in traditional and primitive style . Riveting and swashbuckling film with amazing adventures in which Sinbad rescues the beautiful princess and searches for destroy a heart located in a terrifying island . Stars Guy Williams who was no stranger to swashbuckling , as he also performed ¨The Prince and the pauper¨ , ¨The Golden blade¨ , "Damon y Pitias" and especially Zorro on the ¨El Zorro¨ (1957) TV series . Guy Williams fits perfectly in this eminent swashbuckling . Gorgeous Heidi Bruhl as Princess Jana , and excellent Pedro Armendariz as evil ruler named El Kerim . Support cast is frankly good , such as : Bernie Hamilton , Helmut Schneider , Walter Barnes , Guy Doleman , James Dobson , John Crawford and Henry Brandon , among them .

In the movie there are emotions , mythology , adventures , fantasy , swashbuckling and results to be pretty amusing . It is an exciting fantasy-adventure , though hamhanded and self-mocking , with some brief moments excessive , for its confusion and mayhem . Don't see this one for the script , which almost doesn't exist ; otherwise mildly fun . The runtime is adequate with various incidents and sub-plots . Director Byron Haskin works his magic around a well-developed screenplay and charming acting by the entire performers . The confrontation amongst the protagonist and enemies is mesmerizing and fascinating , plenty of leaps and bounds in which Sinbad runs , hits , fights and smiles . Cinematography by Günther Senftleben is colorful , brilliant and shining . Evocative music composer Michel Michelet creates an attractive and astounding score . This huge and high-budgeted motion picture was well directed by Byron Haskin , delivering a great sense of wonder . It's all in fun , and it is fun . The yarn will appeal to fantasy and fancy imagination buffs , well catching .

Other pictures about the great hero Simbad are the followings : ¨Sinbad the sailor¨ (1947) by Richard Wallace , it displays an all-star-cast formed by Douglas Fairbanks Jr , Maureen O'Hara and Anthony Quinn ; ¨Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad trilogy¨ , all of them full of special effects with great monsters and breathtaking scale models that are made by the Dynamation system and created by means of stop-motion technique by the magician Ray Harryhausen , Ray can once again claim credit for the unusual and marvelous mythical creatures springing to life , as : ¨The 7th voyage of Simbad¨ , directed Nathan Juran with Kerwin Matthews and Kathryn Grant ¨ , ¨Simbad and the eye of tiger¨ directed Sam Wanamaker with Patrick Wayne and Jane Seymour , ¨The Golden voyage of Sinbad¨ by Gordon Hessler with John Philip Law , Caroline Munro and Tom Baker . Furthermore , an Italian muscle epic titled ¨Sinbad of the seven seas¨ by Enzo G Castellari with Lou Ferrigno , Alexandra Martines and John Steiner . In addition , Hollywood cartoon movie ¨Simbad the legend of seven seas¨ (2003) produced by Dreamworks , a combo of computer generator and hand-drawn animation by Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson with voices from Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones . In addition , TV series as ¨Adventures of Sinbad¨ (1996-1998) with Zen Gesner , George Buza and ¨Sinbad¨ TV series (2012) with Elliot Knight , Marama Corlett and Elliot Cowan .

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