The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Synopsis: Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an eye on her palm. They encounter strange beasts, tempests, and the dark interference of Koura along the way.
Director(s): Gordon Hessler
Production: Columbia Pictures
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105 min

A fine, clear morning, and all is well!


Ahoy there! Look up!

Fetch me a bow.



Captain Sinbad?

Up there in the sky.

It's holding something.


Shines like gold.

Too strange to be an albatross.

A jackdaw? They steal bright things.

No, no. Too big for a jackdaw.


You fool!

You have brought bad luck on us all!


Cast it over the side. It is evil.

I feel it.

[ Bird Squawks ]


For the love of Allah, cast it overboard.

I think I'll keep it.

[ Thunderclap ]





- Sinbad!

- [ Thunderclap ]

[ Men Shouting, Indistinct ]

[ Shouting Continues ]

I can't hold her, Captain.

She's running before the wind!

Look! We're being driven onto the rocks!

Slice that sail!

Let it drift if you have to!


Allah, give me strength!




It must be Marabia.

We are way off course.

No. The dream I had, Rachid-

This is all part of it somehow.

We've been brought here

by some mysterious force.

Is it not written that a wise man

will try to realize his dream, to follow it?

Some say it is through dreams

that Allah speaks to mortal man.

To forsake the dream-

Is to forsake him!

Captain, he who walks on fire

will burn his feet.


I'm going ashore.

Aye, there's a good anchorage beyond.

That's where we'll meet.

Do as he says!

We make for the anchorage!

You are Captain Sinbad?

I am.

You are also a thief.

And a thief is a king until he is caught.

The bauble that hangs at your throat,

Captain, is mine.

Hand it to me, or you will have no throat.

You'll be dead if you don't.

You stole it from my courier.

Very well.

- Hi-yah!

- [ Whinnies ]

[ Man ] Koura!

The black prince! Prince Koura!

[ Chanting ]

[ Chanting ]

[ Whinnies ]

We have waited for you a long time.

He escaped, Achmed.

He rode into the city and escaped me.

The sultan's guards were there to help him.

But you are all right.

I brought the city gates

down upon their foolish faces.

Master, your hand!

We must hurry.

He who searches for pearls should not sleep.

Sinbad is even now with the vizier.

I must hear what passes between them.

Walls have mice,

and mice have ears.

- [ Caws]

- I have my spy.

He has failed me once, but never twice.

You tell a strange tale, Captain.

Nevertheless, one fact makes me

believe your story.

The amulet around your neck-

it makes us allies against the same enemy

who covets it as much as I.

Fate, destiny have brought us together.

I would like to think so.


Our country is being choked alive by a

great evil visited on us by Prince Koura.


The one who attacked me?

A man versed in every black art...

and dedicated to bringing

this domain under his power.


I have an equally strange tale to tell.

When our sultan died without a son,

he made me heir to two things-

the two being part of one secret.

What are these two things you speak of?

You shall see.

[ Doors Creak, Slam, Lock ]

Here is the first.

These pictures tell the story of a legend

as yet unrealized.

Little remains.

As our sultan breathed his last breath,

and I hastened here to read the secrets,

a great ball of fire engulfed this room-

a fire which took away my face...

and left these few scorched

patches that now you see.

A ball of fire?

It was Koura's work.

You spoke of two things bequeathed thee.

Here is the second,

something the fire could not destroy-

A token, a sign, a riddle.

It is said the riddle will

begin to be unraveled...

when this and the one about your neck...

are placed before a great eminence

who dwells in a temple of many faces.

And yet still incomplete.

A perfect match.

[ Vizier ] You see? I was right, Captain.

Only destiny could have brought you here.

Yeah, but it's still a riddle.

These, this-

The key to a great and mighty secret?

What secret? What is to be revealed?


Absolute power.

Power to rid this land forever of

Koura's black and ugly ambitions.

If this power were to fall

into Koura's hands-

[ Vizier ] That thought constantly torments me.

[ Voice Echoing ] If Koura were to obtain

absolute power,

freedom and happiness would be lost.

Absolute power.

I pray to Allah that he does not hear me.

We will see to it, you and I,

that we solve this mystery

before Prince Koura.

If Allah be willing.

Part of it must be here.

I see a ship.

A long voyage.

An island.

And these foreboding symbols

can only mean danger of death.

Or great riches perhaps.

A lost treasure.

Or it could mean nothing at all.

The more I study it,

the greater the puzzle becomes.

What of these?

There is a third part still to be found.

It must be found, or our land will

be plagued forever.

But how to get the third?


Don't you see it?

The meridian?

There are shoals at the island?

It's a chart, Vizier!

A nautical chart.

And you are a sea captain.

Allah be praised!

[ Laughing ]

[ Laughs ]

You. You can go home.

Is this a ship or a monastery?

- We sail with the tide!

- She only removed two veils.

[ Laughter]

If the winds are with us, we should reach

this area before the rise of Venus.

Then we follow Orion

into waters I've never sailed before.

Why do you stare at me?

You have the belief of destiny,

for that is what has brought us together.


With Allah's help, we will surely triumph.

There is an old proverb I choose to believe.

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Brian Clemens

Brian Horace Clemens OBE (30 July 1931 – 10 January 2015) was an English screenwriter and television producer, possibly best known for his work on The Avengers and The Professionals. Clemens was related to Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), a fact reflected in the naming of his two sons, Samuel Joshua Twain Clemens and George Langhorne Clemens. more…

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