Review: ‘The Light at the Edge of the World’

Jules Verne's The Light at the ed ge of the World shapes up as good action-adventure escapism. The stars are Kirk Douglas, who produced on Spanish locations, as the sole survivor on an island captured by pirate Yul Brynner, with Samantha Eggar as a shipwrecked hostage.

Jules Verne’s The Light at the ed ge of the World shapes up as good action-adventure escapism. The stars are Kirk Douglas, who produced on Spanish locations, as the sole survivor on an island captured by pirate Yul Brynner, with Samantha Eggar as a shipwrecked hostage.

Douglas is a bored assistant to lighthouse-keeper Fernando Rey on a rock off the tip of South America in 1865. Massimo Ranieri, a young man rounding out the group, is brutally killed with Rey when Brynner’s pirate ship takes over the island. Douglas escapes and ekes out a passive survival. When Brynner’s men darken the regular beacon and erect a false light to snare Cape Horn vessels, Douglas rescues Renato Salvatori from slaughter and begins to fight back.

Eggar, saved from the shipwreck, is used by Brynner as a look-alike of Douglas’ old secret love. From this point on, it’s all downhill until the exciting confrontation between Douglas and Brynner atop the burning lighthouse.

The Light at the Edge of the World

Production

National General. Director Kevin Billington; Producer Kirk Douglas; Screenplay Tom Rowe, Rachel Billington, Paquita Villanova, Bertha Dominguez; Camera Henri Decae; Editor Bert Bates; Music Piero Piccioni; Art Director Enrique Alarcon

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas Yul Brynner Samantha Eggar Jean Claude Drouot Fernando Rey Renato Salvatori
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