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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Reviews

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½ September 20, 2017
A mediocre entry in the series. Wayne is alright as our hero, but well below the previous actors: Seymour, while beautiful looking, is also a step beneath Caroline Munro from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. The lack of an interesting villain, rushed effects (not Harryhausen's) and a retread plot don't help. When there is action it is passable. And when we do see Harryhausen's work on display, it's very good. There's just too little of that to go around this time.
Super Reviewer
October 20, 2016
Fun for children of all ages, the major attraction being Ray Harryhausen's old school stop motion animation. It's pretty cool.
April 26, 2016
Say what you want, the movie features a very young, pert, and HOT Jayne Seymour. She and Harryhausen make it worth checking out.
½ November 15, 2015
If you want catch a classic... its pretty good!
July 11, 2015
I'm a stop motion nut. So I loved this film. Seymour is young and stunningly beautiful, there are plenty of monsters and action moments and the romance isn't to mushy. This is my personal all time favourite.
May 30, 2015
A pretty decent movie with the classic special effects by Harryhausen.
March 31, 2015
The final Sinbad movie. The heroes in this one are pretty annoying and the story is boring, but the special effects are always top notch and really that's the only reason someone would search for this movie.
March 9, 2015
This is linking to the wrong Maraget Whiting (and this film being also on that Margaret Whiting's page is likewise in error.) This Margaret Whiting was a London West End stage actress, who is likely still alive at this posting.
½ May 24, 2014
Even better than Golden Voyage.
February 1, 2014
Ok, this is Sunday afternoon fluff at best... but damn if it isn't entertaining.

Sam Wanamaker delivers a fun tale of witchcraft, adventure, swords and sandals with plenty of Harryhausen special FX to keep things looking cool!

The acting, sets, costumes, etc. aren't the best but this film is a quest to delight and should be a mainstay for every fan of the sword and sandals genre
December 23, 2013
Third film in the Sinbad trilogy is a wonderful climax, with solid story, acting and Harryhausen's great stop motion. Good summer fun from 1977.
September 25, 2013
this film rocked, way back when. it still rocks :-)
July 20, 2013
Fun but weak story, beautiful women as usual with Seymour starring. How do these get g ratings?
½ July 16, 2013
Despite some good set pieces, Eye of the Tiger is the weakest of the Sinbad trilogy, thanks to really stiff dialogue, uneven acting despite the capable cast (including DW veteran Patrick Troughton), a clunky plot and some very frustrating editing choices by director Sam Wanamaker that render a lot of major sequences lackluster and unengaging, despite Harryhausen's usual quality effects.
Super Reviewer
June 21, 2013
The third and finale Sinbad film from Schneer and Harryhausen and with a title that always reminds me of the 'Rocky' franchise. To this day I'm not sure why its called this, what has 'the eye of the tiger' got to do with anything?.

So its same old Sinbad, same old plot I'm afraid, and that means he's yet again off to find a mythical object/location again. This time its because he must change a Prince back to human form after an evil sorcerer turned him into a baboon. This means he must sail to 'Hyperborea' (sounds almost 'Conan-like') with his trusty crew consisting of the usual attractive females, wise old men and monster fodder ship mates to save the Prince.

The last Sinbad adventure was pretty average and this film fares no better really. Straight away Sinbad must fight off a trio of demons that have been summoned by the evil sorcerer and it looks hokey as hell. Not only are the demon creations visually poor looking, surprisingly for Harryhausen, but the entire fight sequence is badly done and looks dodgy. Patrick Wayne is doing all manner of lame martial arts moves (yes that's right!!) involving spin kicks and it just looks hilariously bad.

From there on much like the previous film nothing much happens really, 'Prince Kassim' is an animated baboon which is very nicely done by Harryhausen. Not exactly thrilling to watch and not his best work for me but it looks good none the less, sounds effects for the animal are less enjoyable and do grate in time. The only other creature we have alongside that for a while is the Minaton which again is terribly disappointing and pointless really because it does nothing. It merely becomes a rowing machine for the evil sorcerer and then gets crushed towards the end.

So after much travelling as expected the team finally get somewhere, not before fighting a giant walrus which again is pretty average really. The whole sequence doesn't look too good and neither does Harryhausen's creation, it also seems a rather ineffective unimportant sequence and would have made no difference if it was in the film or not.

The whole film perks up as we reach the finale, Sinbad and co meet a Troglodyte which puts your faith back in Ray's work again. A simple character creation but highly effective and conveying some nice simple emotion, you do care for the big trog as he seems such a gentle big friendly giant (you can also clearly see how the same model is used again for 'Calibos' in 'Clash of the Titans'). Once we reach the magical source to return the Prince back to normal things finally get more exciting as classic Harryhausen comes into force with the trog having to fight a saber-tooth cat.

This is really the only one fun decent sequence in the entire film and is pure Harryhausen gold. Its not the best monster mash we've seen Ray do but its brilliantly done and quite bloody too. The poor old trog gets a real good ripping from the big cat and you do feel sorry for the big guy. At the same time the saber-tooth looks really excellent with realistic fur, eyes and movement. Alas trog gets killed in the end but kudos to Ray for making such a simple yet likeable, muted creature (grunts aside).

That's pretty much it really I'm afraid to say. Its all very generic and mundane in all honesty and considering 'Star Wars' had hit the silver screen in the same year it shows how childish it was really. These last two Sinbad films really do come across as films purely to showcase Harryhausen's skills, that's not a bad thing of course as its a joy to see Ray's animations but at the same time the films offered very little else.

There is still the charm of it all, the acting is hokey yet everybody looks good and you do expect these hammy qualities. This time Sinbad has two lovely ladies at his side in Seymour and Power, both there obviously to look dazzling but little else. Wayne is probably the weakest Sinbad of the three but he does have those dashing rugged good looks that are necessary plus he can make the stereotypical Arabian facial hair work. Only Patrick Troughton puts in the most memorable performance as the old Greek alchemist 'Melanthius', but that really is no surprise. The villain or the wise old man are usually the best performed characters in these dated films.

If you put down the rose tinted glasses you really do see how poor this film is, its even worse than the previous Sinbad film because there isn't really any awesome Harryhausen moments. On the whole the film is under average and just feels stretched, you can see the franchise has gone stale and is struggling for inspiration. That said its still worthy of a watch, just about, but compared to previous Harryhausen flicks its very lackluster and disappointing.
½ June 3, 2013
(Re-watched on DVD - 3 June 2013)
May 24, 2013
Harryhausen with his usual high quality fx is the real star of this sinbad film.
May 13, 2013
All I can say is this: This movie is great for making jokes throughout the whole thing, especially about Sinbad's chest!
May 13, 2013
All I can say is this: This movie is great for making jokes throughout the whole thing, especially about Sinbad's chest!
½ April 8, 2013
Featuring Patrick Wayne (son of John Wayne) and Taryn Power (Daughter of Tyrone Power), I wonder if this movie when it came out was like a Don Swayze or Frank Stallone caliber of film. Probably not, but since the great Ray Harryhausen was involved, but it's still a pretty silly film and probably the weakest of Harryhausen's Sinbad films. Also, I much preferred John Phillip Law as Sinbad than Wayne. If you're really needing a Harryhausen fix, stick with "Jason and the Argonauts," though the special effects in this one are good.
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