REVIEWED
8/24/03

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Director: Nathan Juran
Year: 1958
TRT: 1:34


Really, the only reason one should ever watch this movie is for the only reason it's even sitting on the shelf at your local video store, and that's for Ray Harryhausen's magic he works in this film. The plot itself is about as appetizing as that flour-and-water paste from kindergarten. Think of it as the big-budget G-rated summer filler of 1958.

After a long and arduous journey, the Prince is returning to Bagdad [sic] with his fiancee, Princess Parisa, not only out of love, but to help mend the conflict between their nations. This is as purile as the big-budget studio movies could get for the decade to come. I'm surprised they used "foreign" actors as extras, it's so manufactured.

So yeah, it's nice to catch on TV on some Saturday afternoon with the kids, but you're probably better off doing some yardwork and having the tikes do something more worthwhile like read up on Greek mythology. They might as well, the "Arabian" portion of this movie is a homogenized insult and a blatant rip-off. But to Harryhausen's credit, some nicely done stop-motion mythological creatures.

Great Scene: Fight with the skeleton, despite the obvious loss of generation in its integration.

DVD Notes: None, saw it on VHS from Columbia.