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.