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The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)

A ruthless pirate captures the keeper of a lighthouse, in the most southern city in 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.

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Kevin Billington

Writers:

Tom Rowe (screenplay), Jules Verne (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Antonio Rebollo ... Santos (as Tony Skios)
Luis Barboo ... Calsa Larga (as Luis Bar Boo)
Tony Cyrus Tony Cyrus ... Valgolyo
Raul Castro Raul Castro ... Malapinha
Oscar Davis Oscar Davis ... Amador
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Storyline

Pirates take over a lighthouse on a rocky island. They then execute a devious plan to cause ships to run aground, pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew survives, and he deperately fights their plot. A shipwrecked maiden that avoids the pirates slaughter soon complicates the situation. Written by John Rutkai <jrutkai@learningtree.com>

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Jules Verne Takes You Over the Edge of the World!


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Spain | Liechtenstein

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1971 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lighthouse at the End of the World See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about sixty-six years after its source novel "Le Phare du bout du monde" ("The Lighthouse at the End of the World") by French novelist Jules Verne had been first published in 1905. See more »

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When Kirk Douglas jumps, the dummy's legs flail around, the knees bending in unnatural angles, revealing it to be an obvious prop. See more »

Alternate Versions

The movie has a published running time of 120 minutes (although the UK DVD has a running time of 122:38) but cinemagoers in Britain were shown a truncated version of the film. MGM had acquired the United Kingdom release rights in the movie and were intent on releasing it in Britain as their major Christmas film for all the family. Unfortunately the British Board Of Film Censors would only grant the film an X certificate, barring all under eighteen years of age from seeing it. What MGM had perceived as a jolly action romp was deemed by the UK censors to be an excessively violent film suitable only for adults. In tandem with the censors MGM made extensive cuts for a lower 'A' certificate. Virtually all of the graphic violence and female assault scenes in the original film were excised and the British release of the movie was not a success. The current UK DVD contains the original full-length print but has a 15 certificate and is missing 35 secs of a scene featuring a horsefall. See more »

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Strange Adventure Film
21 November 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

This is an adventure film based on a Jules Verne's novel about a pirate captain and his crew that take over a small island with a lighthouse on it; the idea is to turn out the light at night when ships are at sight so that they crash against the rocks and the pirates can easily steal everything from the passengers and the wrecked vessel. The point is that one of the lighthouse servers -the only survivor- manages to escape into the island and will try to ruin the pirates sinister plans.

Though not a great film at all and a bit slow, "The Light at the End of the World" doesn't lack some sort of charm and interest perhaps because of the lone man's fight against the whole bunch of criminals all by himself and perhaps also because of the hostile and lonely atmosphere in which the action takes place.

Kirk Douglas is the lonely fighter and Yul Brynner plays the flamboyant and deadly captain Kongre, leader of the pirates. The feminine touch is brought by Samantha Eggar as a survivor of a ship wreck that is captured by Kongre's men.

Not a great adventure film, but sort of original and worth a look in my opinion for fans of the genre.

The film was shot in the coast of Spain, but Verne's novel settles the action in the "Isla de los Estados", a small Argentine island a few miles east of its most southern province called "Tierra del Fuego" (Land of Fire) where you can still visit the lighthouse that inspired Verne.


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