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Science Fiction - Sinbad Of The Seven Seas

Lou Ferrigno, John Steiner, Teagan Clive
MGM Home Entertainment
93 minutes

For almost all of the eighties, Cannon Entertainment Group, a creation of Menahem Golan and Yolan Globus, put out a vast quantity of quick-buck schlock and the very occasional decent movie, and a little of both like Sinbad of the Seven Seas. Their recipe was simple: find a star the foreign markets want to see on the screen such as Bronson, Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and build a movie around them. The quality of the supporting actors, script, special effects was much less important than the quantity of screen time the star got. It was a recipe that worked wonders for a while.

Sinbad of the Seven Seas stars Lou Ferrigno, TV’s Hulk. After evil Jaffar takes over the enchanted city of Basra, he hides 4 or 5 magic jewels around the world. Sinbad must find those jewels and bring them back to Basra so that he can defeat the evil vizier and prince Ali can marry princess Alina. This makes for highly entertaining, low-budget, rubber-suited monsters, many combat scenes entertainment.

The real star of this movie is John Steiner who chews up scenery and terrible lines (such as “There are times you do the most dreadful things to my biorhythm.” to his nasty but useless sidekick.) as Jaffar. He approaches his role as if it was one of Shakespeare’s great plays and this actually makes for a more evil character.

There are, of course, a lot of scenes where a well-oiled Ferrigno goes around fighting a variety of somewhat similar evil but in the end inept foes. These scenes are not particularly violent but not for the little ones either. A lot of this movie is tongue in cheek so that there are a few funny lines and comic moments here and there. It is to be noted that almost all of the actors including Ferrigno, who has a speech impediment, have their voices dubbed in English. It is well done and barely noticeable.

This is light entertainment. Schlock but good schlock.

Richard Lanoie

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