Sandokan (TV series)
|Based on||Sandokan novels|
by Emilio Salgari
|Directed by||Sergio Sollima|
|Composer||Guido and Maurizio De Angelis|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Original release||January 6 –|
February 8, 1976
Sandokan is a 1976 Italian six-part television series directed by Sergio Sollima, based upon the novels of Emilio Salgari featuring the pirate hero Sandokan. It was followed the next year by a feature-length spin-off film, and another twenty years later by a sequel series named The Return of Sandokan, with Kabir Bedi reprising his role as Sandokan in both.
Malaysia, the second half of the 19th century. The English Queen Victoria owns the domain of the eastern lands of Borneo. The occupying British forces are commanded by Lord James Brooke, oppressive and ruthless governor and uncle of the beautiful Marianna Guillonk, nicknamed "The Pearl of Labuan". The brave Sandokan is a young Malaysian prince who has lost his kingdom and title as result of the British annexation. Along with his friend Yanez De Gomera, Sandokan is now the ruler of the isle of Mompracem, a den of pirates who make constant attacks against British forces.
One day Sandokan travels from the island of Malaysia to the lands of Borneo. Lured into a trap, Sandokan is injured in an attack, falls overboard, and is found and treated by the family of Lord Brooke. In fact, the governor does not know Sandokan personally, and mistakes the pirate for an Indian noble. Sandokan plays along with this deception, as Marianna and he have fallen in love with each other. The love between them is not meant to last for long, as Lord Brooke eventually discovers the truth and begins to pursue Sandokan. This culminates in the invasion of Mompracem, in which Sandokan loses both Marianna and his base, but is able to escape and start his resistance against the English anew.
- Kabir Bedi as Sandokan
- Carole André as Lady Marianna Guillonk
- Philippe Leroy as Yanez De Gomera
- Adolfo Celi as James Brooke
- Andrea Giordana as Sir William Fitzgerald
- Hans Caninenberg as Lord Guillonk
- Milla Sannoner as Lucy Mallory
- Renzo Giovampietro as Dr. Kirby
- Franco Fantasia as Captain van Doren
The musical score for the series was composed and performed by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis under their most famous alias, Oliver Onions. The score, released as an album, also included songs performed by the duo in Italian and English. Their title song, heard under the opening credits, became hugely popular in Italy and Europe.