King Solomon's Mines 1985

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Allan Quartermain (Richard Chamberlain) is hired by a girl (Sharon Stone) to find her kidnapped father in the African jungle. They have many Indiana Jones-style adventures before they free her father and escape being boiled alive. Two earlier versions of the film were made in 1937 and 1950.

Starring:
Herbert Lom, Sharon Stone
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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King Solomon's Mines

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Genres Drama, Action & Adventure
Director J. Lee Thompson
Starring Herbert Lom, Sharon Stone
Supporting actors John Rhys-Davies, Richard Chamberlain
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 July 2008
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2011
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Jesse Huston (Sharon Stone) is on a mission to find her lost father, she enlists the help of legendary explorer Allan Quatermain (Richard Chamberlain) and both of them set off on their perilous journey.

Bland, routine and deserving of its reputation as an illegitimate sprog cash in of Indiana Jones. Director J Lee Thompson and his writers adapt H. Rider Haggard's classic novel and effectively hope that writing set piece after set piece will make for an exhilarating adventure movie. It doesn't. Bad script, bad acting, poor special effects, roller-coaster pacing, cringe-worthy dialogue and the sets look to have been knocked up overnight. It's not as if Chamberlain & Stone can't act, because they can, it's just that they are reduced to cartoon fodder and both look very uncomfortable in doing so. John Rhys-Davies adds some fun as Dogati but poor Herbert Lom phones it in as an ultimate caricature German villain. There's some interest in the pre-fame Stone's attire for the red blooded male, watch as her shorts grow steadily shorter during the film. And for the girls who like beards, well Richie Chamberlain sports a candidate for the world's tidiest beard throughout the adventure mockery; tho not quite as tidy as the frothy one worn by a big old fake spider.

Don't believe those who say it's in the "so bad it's good" category, it's just terrible and you are strongly advised to seek out either the 1937 or 1950 version instead. 2/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 17 Jun 2013
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Watched the 1985 Richard Chamberlain version of King Solomon's Mines last night, for the first time in many years.

Interestingly it's got John Rhys Davies in it, who got his job in Indiana Jones because of his role in Shogun with Richard Chamberlain, who's the principle Indiana Jones type character in King Solomon's Mines.

Weirdly whilst watching it it also becomes apparent that whilst King Solomon's Mines was quite intentionally a homage/pastiche of the Indiana Jones movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark & Temple of Doom preceded its 1985 release), there are a very noticeable number of scenes in King Solomon's Mines that appear to have been fairly directly lifted for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
(train top fights, looking for a father who knows the location of an ancient mythical treasure, two villains where one is seeking treasure for money and power & the other is finding it for Germany etc etc... the list is remarkably long)

King Solomon's Mines is not devoid of merit; despite some very hit & miss dialogue Richard Chamberlain still has considerable charm and in parts the almost pantomime-like approach does work fairly well. John Rhys Davies is satisfyingly horrible, Jerry Goldsmith's romping adventurous score drives the action scenes along very well, the effects are hilariously silly in places and it's really good to see the vastness of Zimbabwe on the screen almost as a star itself.
Some of the stunts are very impressive too, with less blue-screening than you might imagine.

However there are some really really big problems with this movie

1) I really didn't remember it being that, well... racist to be honest.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on 22 Mar 2005
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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.
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