Sinbad the sailor struggles to save his fiancee's brother from the curse that has turned him into an animal. Sinbad the sailor of legend (played by Patrick Wayne) must embark on a quest to help his future brother in law Prince Kassim who has been turned into a baboon by his stepmother, the witch Zenobia, to clear the path to the throne for her own son, Rafi. If Kassim is not restored by the passing of seven moons then he will remain a baboon forever. Accompanied by his fiancée and Kassim's sister Princess Farah (Jane Seymour) Sinbad's first stop is the island home of the wiseman Melathius (played by Dr Who actor Patrick Troughton), but he is tracked there by Zenobia, aided by her son and bronze minotaur called Minoton which she has brought to life. Melanthius is unable to turn Kassim back into a human but he believes the secret may be found in the fabled land of Hyperborea where a super-intelligent race called the Arimaspi once lived. He agrees to go there with Sinbad, also bringing his daughter Dione (played by Tayrn Power) who has formed a connection with the baboon Prince. As the party heads north they are still followed by Zenobia, who attempts to find out where they are heading by turning herself into a seagull and landing on Sinbad's ship, where she makes herself small and searches for clues. She learns what she wants but is captured by Melanthius who tests her magic potion on a wasp, which grows to massive size. In the ensuing chaos Zenobia escapes as a seagull, but there is not enough of her potion left to completely turn her back, leaving her with a bird's foot. Unfortunately, Sinbad's ship proves too large to navigate the ice tunnels that lead to Hyperborea and the crew must make the journey on foot, while Zenobia's smaller craft gets ahead of them. Both parties suffer losses on their way, one of Sinbad's crew is killed by a giant walrus while Minaton is destroyed by falling ice. Beyond the ice lies the lush, green valley of Hyperborea in which Sinbad and his companions meet an ancestor of man, a troglodyte, whom they nickname Trog, and to whom Kassim can speak. Trog shows them the way to the temple of the Arimaspi. But Zenobia and Rafi have arrived first and there is a fight in which Rafi is killed by Kassim, who is now more or less completely animal. The furious Zenobia turns to vapour and possesses the body of the sabre-toothed tiger that guards the temple, she kills Trog before Sinbad manages to spear her. Using the power of the Arimaspi, Kassim is restored to his human form just in time and they escape the collapsing temple. Sinbad can now marry Princess Farah, while Kassim will marry Dione.
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Directed by Sam Wanamaker and starring Patrick Wayne and Jane Seymour, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is the last of the three Sinbad films made by the special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. This is probably the least of the films but is worth watching if only for Harryhausen's remarkable creature effects. Trog is a particular favourite with Harryhausen fans and displays mannerisms that are instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with the master's work.
Best part of story, including ending:
The story is harmless fun and the stop motion effects are wonderful.
Best scene in story:
The scene in which they first meet Trog.
Opinion about the main character:
Sinbad is a little bland for a main character.