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Tom Rowe (screenplay)
Jules Verne (novel)
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Release Date:
29 October 1971 (Spain) See more »
Jules Verne Takes You Over the Edge of the World!
A ruthless pirate captures the keeper of a lighthouse, somewhere in north Argentina. His goal is obvious and horrific. He plans to control the lighthouses signals in a way that the passing ships will be crushed on the rocks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kirk Douglas ... Denton

Yul Brynner ... Kongre

Samantha Eggar ... Arabella

Jean-Claude Drouot ... Virgilio (as Jean Claude Drouot)

Fernando Rey ... Captain Moriz

Renato Salvatori ... Montefiore

Massimo Ranieri ... Felipe

Aldo Sambrell ... Tarcante (as Aldo Sanbrell)

Tito García ... Emilio (as Tito Garcia)

Víctor Israel ... Das Mortes (as Victor Israel)
Antonio Rebollo ... Santos (as Tony Skios)

Luis Barboo ... Calsa Larga (as Luis Bar Boo)
Tony Cyrus ... Valgolyo
Raul Castro ... Malapinha
Oscar Davis ... Amador
Alejandro de Enciso ... Morabbito
Martin Uviente ... Balduino (as Martin Uvience)
John Clark ... Matt
Maria Borge ... Emily Jane
Juan Cazalilla ... Captain Lafayette

Directed by
Kevin Billington 
Writing credits
Tom Rowe (screenplay)

Jules Verne (novel "Le Phare du bout du monde")

Rachel Billington (additional dialogue)

Berta Domínguez D. (additional ideas) (as Bertha Dominguez D.)

Produced by
Kirk Douglas .... producer
Alfredo Matas .... executive producer
Ilya Salkind .... associate producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
Casting by
John Merrick 
Art Direction by
Enrique Alarcón  (as Enrique Alarcon)
Costume Design by
Deirdre Clancy 
Manolo Mampaso  (as M. Mampaso)
Makeup Department
Ramón de Diego .... makeup artist (as Ramon de Diego)
Josefa Rubio .... hair stylist
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist (as Jose Antonio Sanchez)
Production Management
José Manuel M. Herrero .... production supervisor (as Jose Manuel M. Herrero)
Francisco Romero .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Estelrich .... second unit director
Julio Sempere .... assistant director
Art Department
José Manuel Dorado .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jacinto Soria .... plasterer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Enrique Molinero .... sound
A.J. Willis .... sound
Terry Allen .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Antonio Molina .... special effects
Richard M. Parker .... special effects
Juan Ramón Molina .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Randell Dennis Widner .... stunt Double for Jean-Claude Drouotd
Brandy .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduardo Noé .... camera operator (as Eduardo Noe)
Cecilio Paniagua .... cameraman: second unit
Ramiro Sabell .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ángel Serrano .... editor: Spanish version
Music Department
Sergio Marcotulli .... music engineer (uncredited)
Sergio Marcotulli .... music mixer (uncredited)
Piero Piccioni .... conductor (uncredited)
Piero Piccioni .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Jane Buck .... continuity
Alexander Salkind .... presenter (as Alexandre Salkind)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Lighthouse at the End of the World" - International (English title) (informal title), USA (working title)
"La luz del fin del mundo" - Spain (imdb display title)
"The Light at the Edge of the World" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"El faro del fin del mundo" - Mexico (imdb display title), Uruguay (original subtitled version), Venezuela
"Das Licht am Ende der Welt" - Austria, West Germany
"Фарът на края на света" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Dünyanin ucundaki fener" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Farul de la capatul lumii" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Fyret ved verdens ende" - Denmark (Danish title) (imdb display title)
"Il faro in capo al mondo" - Italy
"Latarnia na koncu swiata" - Poland
"Le phare du bout du monde" - France
"Lyset ved verdens ende" - Norway (theatrical title)
"O Farol do Fim do Mundo" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"O faros stin akri tou kosmou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Os Piratas do Arquipélago" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Rantarosvot" - Finland
"Svetionik na kraju sveta" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (imdb display title)
"Vrakplyndrerne" - Norway (imdb display title)
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120 min
Color | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1971) | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (cut) | West Germany:12 (re-release) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Jules Verne's source 1905 novel "The Lighthouse at the End of the World" ("Le Phare du bout du monde") was published post-humously after the French author had passed away that year.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Throughout the movie, every time a cannon fires there is no recoil.See more »


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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Dreary adventure flick, 18 December 2002
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

I read the book first, a fairly good novel by the prolific Jules Verne entitled The Lighthouse at the End of the World. I enjoyed the book sufficiently to look forward with a degree of eagerness to the film, but my anticipation was shattered once I saw the actual movie.

It's a terribly dreary affair, about lighthouse keepers near to Cape Horn who are attacked by a band of pirates. The pirates seize control of their island, and more importantly their lighthouse, and use it to steer unsuspecting vessels onto the nearby rocks.

Kirk Douglas plays the surviving lighthouse keeper, and Yul Brynner plays the main pirate. Both roles are under written and both stars seem ill at ease with the material they've been signed up to work with. The action is littered with distracting embarrassments, such as the scene where Kirk leaps from a cliff into the sea, but it is so obviously a dummy making the fall that it evokes laughter more than excitement.

This might have been an enjoyable kids movie if treated better, but every now and then it lapses into brutality which makes it unsuitable even for the juvenile crowd. In particular, there's a savage scene in which a hostage is skinned alive by the pirates, and we see peels of skin being torn off with a hooked pike to reveal blood and raw flesh beneath. This is not the stuff of a childrens' flick. Furthermore, the film frequently turnd up in an incoherent, chopped up 95 minute edition, which has been cut down from the two hour original so badly that it barely makes sense at all. An interesting dilemma for the audience is whether to watch the short, illogical version, or the long, dreary one. Suffice to say, both are awful!

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