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Sandokan the Great (1963)

Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | May 1965 (USA)
Malasyan pirate Sandokan accidentally learns that Lord Brook plots to obtain the crown of Malasya by kidnapping the legitimate rajah and his daughter and forcing them to abdicate so he gathers his best man and launches a rescue operation.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Sandokan
Geneviève Grad ... Mary Ann
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Yanez
Rik Battaglia ... Sambigliong
Mario Valdemarin Mario Valdemarin ... Tenente Ross
Leo Anchóriz ... Lord Guillonk
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Tenente Toymby
Enzo Fiermonte ... Sergente Mitchell
Wilbert Bradley Wilbert Bradley ... Pataan
Maurice Poli ... Girobatol
Gino Marturano Gino Marturano ... Kanandurian
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Hirangù
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Kalamba
Pietro Capanna Pietro Capanna
Ananda Kumar Ananda Kumar ... Twang Long
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In Victorian times, British colonial forces occupy Tapuah subduing the local population thru reprisals. Malaysian pirate Sandokan, whose family was killed by the British, gathers a small group of rebel followers and vows his revenge. Lord Hillock, commander of the British forces, is eager to capture the troublesome pirate. In order to entrap him, he arrests Sandokan's father, the Sultan of Mulaker. Hillock then sets a trap should Sandokan attempt to free his father. However, a wise Sandokan chooses to attack Lord Hillock's residence and kidnap Hillock's niece, Mary Ann, instead. Armed with a hostage, Sandokan can now negotiate with Hillock for an exchange of hostages. Lord Hillock has no intention of keeping his word, of course. Instead, he relentlessly pursues Sandokan and his small band through the jungles infested with native tribes of head-hunting Dayaks. To make matters worse, Sandokan suspects that one of his men is a traitor who somehow sends vital information about Sandokan's ... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

Heroism and High Adventure in the Malay Jungle!

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This was Steve Reeves' first movie after leaving the sword and sandal genre. He would make a sequel to this and, after a 4 year hiatus, would try his hand at the next big Italian film craze, the "spaghetti western," before retiring from the screen. See more »

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Featured in Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti (1977) See more »

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Very stiff movie, but impressive action at the end!
12 March 2001 | by alphaboySee all my reviews

This film even seemed stiffer than other Italian adventure-films of that time, and Steve Reeves, believe me!, doesn't help a bit. The storyline is tedious and unattractive. There is a lot of archive footage for the jungle-fauna built in (that even looks livelier than the film itself). Only fun scene: Reeves' fight against a tiger.

But in the last ten minutes the situation explodes, and there is this gigantic battle at the fort, well staged and fun. Reeves gets to fire a machine gun (a little like Django) and matches the strength of an army. If only Lenzi had divided the action and strewn it all over the film's time, it would have been more watchable (if you don't skip the beginning, that is). My rating: 5/10.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sandokan the Great See more »

Filming Locations:

Ceylon See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Fono-Roma)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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