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King Solomon's Mines (1986) [DVD]

Richard Chamberlain , Sharon Stone , J. Lee Thompson    Parental Guidance   DVD
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King Solomon's Mines had been filmed several times before, but this 1985 adaptation of H Rider Haggard's novel is far and away the most absurdly tongue-in-cheek. Making no disguise of riding Indiana Jones's coattails, the adventure starts fast and grows ever wilder. Richard Chamberlain wears Allan Quatermain's fedora and expression of grim determination. Supposedly concerned with the novel's quest for lost gold, the movie is really an excuse to string together numerous sight gags and low-budget attempts to upstage Raiders of the Lost Ark (hardly surprisingly, it fails).

Pursued by a wax-moustachioed and Wagner-obsessed Herbert Lom, Quatermain and a dizzily blonde Sharon Stone escape an avalanche and crocodiles before being boiled in a cauldron with plastic vegetables at the Village of the Upside Down People. Nothing lingers in the memory, though, than the sight of Chamberlain skiing behind a locomotive. Cheap and rudely plagiaristic it may be, but Indy never got to be as (un)intentionally hilarious.

On the DVD: King Solomon's Mines has come up exceptionally well on disc in this widescreen print. Sound is in Dolby 2.0 and is a faithful representation of the effort put into the film's sound design. The only extra is the original trailer. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

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.

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Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Gampu
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Manufacturer: MGM Home Entertainment
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