Throwback Thursday: Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Today I’m sharing the childhood memory that had instilled the desire to someday write a story featuring a Smilodon (saber tooth tiger) within me. I do so because on Monday my primitive fantasy story Ounta debuted to start off Ben Van Dongen’s “Fifth Monday” chain-serial cycle on Adventure Worlds. With that tale, I finally fulfill this inner promise made long ago! :-)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger had the misfortune to be released in the same summer as the original Star Wars, and was overwhelmed by that piece of revolutionary film-making. In comparison, Eye of the Tiger seems dated, with an old school feel like the prior two Sinbad films conceptualized by Ray Harryhausen in the 1950s and late 60s / early 70s, even though it was a contemporary film at the time. Its acting is uneven, as are its special effects, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad film… In fact I find it an enjoyable fantasy adventure! It may be campy at times, but it’s FUN. I’ve seen much higher budget films with superior acting and effects fall completely on their faces on that important quality. I recommend it if you’ve never seen it!

Personally, I never saw it in the theaters. But Eye of the Tiger was a staple of broadcast and, later, cable TV when I was an 80s kid. Whatever incidental problems the film may have, Harryhausen’s masterful stop-motion effects and animation make watching the film worthwhile in and of themselves.

The clip above is from the movie’s climax, and yet is free of any real spoilers. Well… as much as any forty-year-old movie could be spoiler-free, anyways. ;-)


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