Sandokan (TV series)

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Based onSandokan novels
by Emilio Salgari
Screenplay by
Directed bySergio Sollima
Composer(s)Guido and Maurizio De Angelis
Country of originItaly
Original language(s)Italian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
CinematographyMarcello Masciocchi
Original releaseJanuary 6 (1976-01-06) –
February 8, 1976 (1976-02-08)

Sandokan is an Italian six-part television series directed by Sergio Sollima, based upon the novels of Emilio Salgari.


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 father of the beautiful Marianna Guillonk, nicknamed "The Pearl of Labuan". The brave Sandokan is a young Indian prince, who has lost his kingdom and title as result of the British annexation. Sandokan is now the captain of a den of pirates, who make constant attacks against British forces.

One day Sandokan and his friend Yanez De Gomera are travelling from the island of Malaysia to the lands of Borneo. There, Sandokan is injured in an attack, and is 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.


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