Sadko (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad) (1953)





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The Magic Voyage of Sinbad is the American release title for Sadko, an outsized 1952 Russian fantasy film. Based on the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov opera of the same name, the film details the efforts of seafaring Sadko (Sergei Stolyarov) to rescue the citizens of Covason from their despotic rulers. To do this, he must seek and capture the fabled Bluebird of Happiness (aka The Phoenix). The most fanciful sequence takes place in the undersea domain of King Neptune, which though elaborately staged looks a bit like a special exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Though the film is not a musical, the strains of Rimsky-Korsakov are heard throughout, sometimes taken from sources other than Sadko. Alexander Ptushko is credited with the direction on Sadko, though James Landis is cited in some sources as director; in fact, Landis oversaw the recutting and redubbing of the American version, which was distributed in 1962. The scripter for the revamped Magic Voyage of Sinbad was Francis Ford Coppola, but you'd never know it. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Alla Larionova
as Luberia
Yuri Leonidov
as Cassim
Nikolai Kryuchkov
as Old Merchant
Stepan Kayukov
as Neptune
Mikhail Astangov
as Prince Lal Bahari Day
B. Surovtsev
as Hadabad
Olga Viklandt
as Neptuna
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Critic Reviews for Sadko (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad)

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How not to Americanize a Russian movie classic.

April 26, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Sadko (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad)

Gave the MST3K presentation a spin, and while it's pretty hilarious, I have to wonder what the fuck these people were thinking with this film, y'know? They've got an ocean character riding around on what looks like a catfish, FFS?!? Very strange, but worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

First of all, it's not Sinbad. I really don't know who the character is, the film was just imported and changed to make it seem like a Sinbad film. The characters aren't too great and the story is boring, but there are some fun campy moments and decent effects, but it would be easier to watch on MST3K.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

Another American bastardization of a Ptushko work that makes it really stupid and confusing. (Not actually about Sinbad at all... the comedian or the sailor.)

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

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