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King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon's Mines
Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Gampu
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
PG-13     2004     1hr 40min

Camp and cult fans may get a few laughs from this tongue-in-cheek version of the classic H. Rider Haggard adventure novel from '80s low-budget outfit Cannon Films. Richard Chamberlain gives a pun-prone take on Great White ...  more »


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Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Gampu
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Creators: Álex Phillips Jr., Menahem Golan, Rony Yacov, Yoram Globus, Gene Quintano, H. Rider Haggard, James R. Silke
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2004
Original Release Date: 11/22/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 11/22/1985
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

A fun loving, hilarious adventure that really entertains
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 07/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Vastly superior to its rather lackluster sequel ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THER LOST CITY OF GOLD (which was actually filmed back-to-back with this production), this entertaining and fun loving tribute (or some might say rip-off) of the Indiana Jones movies benefits (unlike its follow-up) by the sure hand and capable direction of veteran J. Lee Thompson (of the original GUNS OF NAVARONE) and a suberp supporting cast that includes the always entertaining and eminently watchable John Rhys-Davies and Herbert Lom as the two main villains, a Turkish slaver and a World War I era German Colonel respectively.
Based very loosely on the classic H. Rider Haggard adventure novel of the same name, this movie features Richard Chamberlain as adventurer Allan Quaterman who is recruited by the sexy and gorgeous Jessie Huston (played by a pre-famous Sharon Stone) to rescue her father who has fallen into the villains hands in attempt to locate the fabled King Solomon's mines.
What follows is a fast paced, fun and thoroughly entertaining adventure with some eye popping stunts and some truly cheesy special effects.
No matter though, this movie promises high adventure and entertaining escapism. Movie fans will have fun spotting references to other movies of the 1980s from the Indiana Jones adventures to 1983s FOOTLOOSE and that movies game of unintentional chicken.
I was one of the (evidently) few who actually made it to see this movie in the theaters on its release in 1985 and one who instantly picked it up on VHS. Of course when the DVD was released in February of this year I was there to instantly pick it up. Still fun after almost 20 years this DVD comes well recommended."
trebe | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I laughed through this whole movie. I'd never seen Chamberlain and Stone in a comedy before this. I thought it would just be an adventure movie, but it's not. It's so crazy! I couldn't believe my eyes! I enjoyed it, but I can't even begin to find the words to describe this film. You've really got to see this for yourself."
Indiana Quatermain and the Mines of Doom
Trevor Willsmer | London, England | 05/17/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines is one of those stories where it often feels that only the title and the odd character name have been filmed. If there were a prize for the least faithful version, Cannon's 1985 romp would win hands down. Richard Chamberlain's Great White Hunter Allan Quatermain may be a reluctant guide on a quest for the fabled mines, but this time his only companion is Sharon Stone, eager to save her archaeologist father from Herbert Lom's dastardly and cartoonish Wagner-loving German officer (the plot has been updated to pre-WW1 Africa). No prizes for guessing that this is inspired more by Indiana Jones than H. Rider Haggard (it even co-stars John Rhys-Davies as another Arab, this time on the bad guys' side), with the stunts increasingly outrageous and the tone firmly tongue in cheek.

Shot almost back-to-back with the dire Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold and originally brandishing the how-are-they-ever-going-to-fit-that-on-the-marquees title Allan Quatermain and King Solomon's Mines and the Lost Caves of Death, it's a film almost as overloaded as it's rejected title: for the first half or so it's surprisingly entertaining, but eventually the relentless energy starts to wear you down as you realise that the film's used up most of its best stunts and jokes and is running out of clichés to rehash and lampoon. Certainly there's nothing in the second half to match a comic marketplace chase or a very silly train rescue that sees Quatermain work his way through variations of Indy's truck chase before skiing along the rails as he holds on by his bullwhip... In many ways, DVD is an almost ideal way to see it: a little too much to sit through in one go, a self-created intermission certainly helps.

Chamberlain makes an amiable if overly reliant on dynamite Quatermain, though Stone is an irritatingly screeching heroine and Lom too much of an over the top caricature to provide much threat. J. Lee Thompson keeps it moving, Jerry Goldsmith contributes an enjoyably heroic score and there's enough of a sense of fun to paper over the weak spots."
Crazy Adventure Movie
Elijah Chingosho | Nairobi, Kenya | 04/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

""King Solomon's Mines" is a hilarious and crazy adventure/comedy movie. The film is action packed, moving from one action scene to another. Some of my memorable adventure scenes include such antics as jumping down waterfalls and mountains, encountering Nazi soldiers, man-eating crocodiles, cannibals and being lost in a mine filled with dangerous animals and booby traps. The adventure has many funny sides to it as you will laugh as Allan Quatermain and Jessie Huston, among other things, have to fight enemy soldiers, fierce animals and reptiles, escape from blood thirsty cannibals.

The storyline is straightforward enough. A famous white hunter Allan Quatermain (played well by Richard Chamberlain) is convinced by Jesse Huston (Played equally well by Sharon Stone) to free her father who is in the custody of some ruthless villains. The father has a map to King Solomon's Mines. From this, an action packed adventure unfolds that should keep the audience not only thrilled by also laughing. Fans of Richard Chamberlain, in particular, will enjoy seeing him playing the uncharacteristic comedian role. John Rhys-Davies plays his role as a thoroughly bad man exceptionally well.

There are some limitations about this movie. The movie significantly departs from the story is the famous book by the same title written by H. Rider Haggard. The producers added various elements that they thought would appeal to the audience and in the process spoiled an opportunity to make a first rate film. There is also an element of ripping off of the Indiana Jones movies. Worse still, the film presents a negative stereotype of Africans. The special effects are not what one would expect. All these spoil an otherwise commendable attempt at making an excellent movie.

Overall an enjoyable movie, particularly for those who enjoy ridiculous humour. Adventure lovers will certainly also enjoy it as the action is non-stop and the suspense is riveting.