Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Jane Seymour and Baboon Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER——the next-to-last of special effects wonder-man Ray Harryhausen’s fantasy adventures managed to come in 35th place in 1977, covering a $3,500,000 budget, but it’s a pretty weak brew, flatly directed by Sam Wanamaker.  The script from Beverley Cross (who did a great job on the Harryhausen classic Jason And The Argonauts) is a groaning retread, the cast is from Blandistan and the gallery of creatures doesn’t suffice to wring enough excitement or fun out of a 113-minute slog.

Manfully, Harryhausen whipped up banshees, a saber-toothed tiger, a big wasp, a giant walrus, a troglodyte and a baboon that plays chess.8187-2  Patrick Wayne, 37, plays Sinbad, accent on the last syllable.  A darn handsome guy, by all accounts a swell fella, but never more than barely adequate as an actor: granted, Sinbad isn’t much of a stretch.  On hand are Taryn Power (23, daughter of Tyrone), Jane Seymour, Margaret Whiting, Patrick Troughton and Peter Mayhew.

Filmed in Malta, Spain and Jordan.  Not even up to the level of The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad , which was no great shakes, it is neck-neck with the first Clash Of The Titans for being a letdown (that one at least had a more prestigious cast).

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