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In this 1986 adventure and after surviving their expedition to ‘King Solomon's Mines’ [1985], Allan Quartermaine [Richard Chamberlain] and Jesse Huston [Sharon Stone] have settled down in colonial Africa and are about to be married but their plans are upset when a gold coin turns up, and Allan learns that his brother, supposedly lost, is alive, and has found the legendary 'Lost City of Gold', well, Quatermain has to go in search, hasn’t he?
Although a sequel, this is in effect a stand alone. From the outset this sets an adventurous tone and a fast pace with it’s exotic settings and suitably quaint musical score. Very much a swashbuckler style adventure, this is not to be taken seriously but as a rip roaring ‘Boys Own’ style yarn, full of wry tongue in cheek humour, lousy accents and decidedly ‘shoddy’ special effects, this will entertain one way or another.
The single disc opens to a language screen offering English, German, French, Italian and Castellano, before offering play, scene selection, language options [spoken languages of English, German, French or Castellano, Subtitles; most European languages.] and trailer.
If you liked ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ [1985], or Kathleen Turner’ ‘Romancing the Stone’ [1984] or ‘Jewel of the Nile’ [1985], then you’ll love this, as it’s basically in the same mould. With no sex or nudity and only one instance of mild swearing this is a good laugh, but coming at the end of the 80s adventure boom, this isn’t as thrilling as ‘King Solomons Mines’, but is funnier and makes a fine ***** family view.
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on 26 January 2010
Although I agree with some that this isn't great Looking back after a few viewings it's at not as bad as everyone has said. The plot is about quatermain looking for his brother who has gone searching for the lost city of gold who himself has got lost in the process. Shot back to back with it's predicesor king solomans mines in 1985 but not released until 1987 it didn't blow up the box office but wasn't the bomb people say, performance wise it's o.k. chamberlain does a good job in the title role, sharon stone is also good with not a hair out of place throghout the film but the special effects are what lets it down most, rear projection is very weak at points and the speed up shots are very obvious but, despite these issuses it can be enjoyed or laughted at and passes the time well enough there are far worse movies to watch than this.
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VINE VOICEon 23 July 2008
I enjoyed King Solomon's Mines and was eagerly looking forward to the sequal Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold. What a let down this film was. Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone return and manage semi decent performances concidering what they have to work with.

The problems with this film are many - firstly the story is very dull with no real direction - it just goes from one set piece to another, the special effects are some of the worst I have ever seen (rubber snakes looking like a very cheap Doctor Who prop, the river rapid scene is awful with speeded up footage) and the characters are like something out of a bad comedy ie James Earl Jones wasted as a so called warrior and the villian of the film - a high priest who is having a very bad hair day.

The film is presented in 2.35 widescreen and the print quality is pritty good. The only extra is a trailer for the film. So all in all a very bad film - buy it at your peril.
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on 13 February 2016
The entertainment in this film is in its primary characteristic - being the worst film ever.

What is an excellent book (Allan Quartermain) is debased into a low budget version of Indiana Jones. A very English story has been spun so that Quartermain has an American accent and easily-spooked female companion. Various strange animals have been added to the story, i.e., an actor's hand in a rubber glove.

The acting is some of the lamest ever seen, the actors seeming not to be aware of commas or how emphasis can be used within a sentence.

Moody brunette vs blonde sister is a bit of a cliché and various racial stereotypes are used in lieu of developed characters.

Chamberlain's quips and one liners are just terrible.

Reading the book I thought it an excellent basis for adaptation as film - this film isn't it.
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"Half of Africa's been explored on rumor, hope, legend..." "And blood" The same could be said of the film industry. The 'recupero,' as the Italian film industry dubbed it, was one of the most forlornly hopeful forms of film-making: offsetting part of the cost of the film you wanted to make by filming another on the cheap back-to-back with as many of the same cast, crew and locations as possible in the hope that at least one of them would be a hit even though just about the only recorded case of that ever happening was when Il Magnifico Straniero, shot back-to-back with Bullets Don't Argue to 'use up waste materials,' became a surprise hit after changing its title to Fistful of Dollars. Much loved by exploitation merchants, it was no surprise that Cannon films would adopt the practice, especially after their two back-to-back Missing in Action pictures proved surprisingly profitable. Having ripped off Rambo, Indiana Jones seemed the next obvious target, but their back-to-back sequel to 1985's King Solomon's Mines, one of their least unsuccessful films (well, it lost less than most of them), proved a disaster on every conceivable level. While H. Rider Haggard wrote enough unfilmed Allan Quatermain novels to keep a franchise running for a decade, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is one of those films that's so bad it's just bad, making you glad they called it a day after this one.

On paper it has everything you need for a somewhat average movie except enthusiasm and belief, as Haggard's Great White Hunter Allan Quatermain (Richard Chamberlain) postpones his wedding to a hyperactive and very loud Sharon Stone to find a lost city of gold in search of his missing brother (Freudians could probably read something into the fact that Quatermain's brother is played by Chamberlain's longtime companion Martin Rabbett), battling hostile tribes, booby traps and the elements en route and braving the most pathetic backprojection seen this side of the original Dr Who in a comically cranked-up log ride through an underground river. All of which happens in the least interesting way possible - this is the kind of film where they don't even try to hide the wires on the stunt performers and where the extras just look bored in the final battle. Even the score is just barely edited musical selections from an uncredited Jerry Goldsmith's score for the previous film (mostly just the crescendos) with the odd synth drumbeat linking them the sole audible contribution from credited composer Michael Linn.

There's not much gold on display in the lost city either, but then Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of White doesn't really have the same ring to it. Not that it's a city: it's obviously a Zimbabwean tourist hunting lodge that bought a job lot of white dressing gowns. You know it's a pretty screwed up place because one of its twin queens is played by Elvira and the evil high priest is Henry Silva in one of Diana Ross's old Afro wigs that's seen much better days (as indeed has he). At times it plays like a Who Can Be the Most Annoying competition, with Razzie-nominated Sharon Stone forfeiting her early lead to James Earl Jones' too-bored-to-bother warrior only for Mork and Mindy regular Robert Donner channelling Spike Milligan and Carry On Up the Khyber's Cardew Robinson at the top of his voice as an 'Indian' holy man to steal the prize. It's a surprise to see that it was shot in post-independence Zimbabwe since it has many of the hallmarks of the kind of film that used to shoot in apartheid South Africa - blacks are expendable children, Indians comic buffoons with silly voices, whites are the master race and everyone would stay happily in their place if it weren't for foreigners stirring up trouble.

Where the first film had the director of The Guns of Navarone and the original Cape Fear, J. Lee Thompson, to keep things professional enough, this has to settle for the director of The Black Hole, Gary Nelson (with 'additional scenes directed by Newt Arnold'), who is singularly unable to motivate his cast and crew. Chamberlain is barely making an effort here and clearly gives up near the end, though it's no surprise in a film that looks like only the rehearsals were shot, and only one take at that. The closest it comes to charm is when the real cold that Stone is obviously suffering in one scene is clearly caught by Chamberlain in the next. The biggest curiosity about the film is that most of the action in the trailer doesn't appear in the film at all despite looking rather less inept that what made the final cut, leaving the feeling of something that's been patched together in post over the weekend on an Ed Wood budget. If you ever wondered why Haggard's other Allan Quatermain novels have never been filmed, this utterly dire and nigh-unwatchable venture provides ample explanation.
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Directed by Gary Nelson, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold re-teams Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone from J. Lee Thomson's 1985 version of King Solomon's Mines, with equally bad results. Based on the creations of H. Rider Haggard, the emergence of Allan Quatermain onto the screen again was a desperate attempt to grab the coat tails of one Indiana Jones' success. Given how bad King Solomon's Mines (1985) was, you would be forgiven for wondering how on earth a sequel was given the go ahead, but this is explained by the fact both films were filmed back to back. More's the pity.

Plot has Quartermain and his lady Jesse Huston off on some adventure to find Quartermain's lost brother at the fabled Lost City of Gold. Along for the ride are Umslopogaas (James Earl Jones) an axe wielding warrior, Swarma (Robert Donner) a nutty spiritual guru, and some other no mark plebians. What they find is a whole bunch of trouble via creatures and a despotic high priest (Henry Silva).

Action is badly staged, effects work poor, while acting and dialogue is woefully inept (Chamberlain cheese sandwich/Stone shrill/Silva and Donner embarrassing). The best "Z" grade movies have fans and entertain because they know what they are, unfortunately this doesn't, it genuinely thinks it's a great adventure movie. Even the musical score is insulting, credited to Michael Linn, he basically just hacks into Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Mines", and produces a piece that is just two chords away from John Barry's iconic Indiana Jones music. As for the racist undertones...

Bad film making. Period. 2/10
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on 29 July 2008
Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold [1986]

This was probably one of the worse films I've ever been unfortunate to see. I was looking forward to seeing this but I was very disappointed with the film. I cant believe that actors of chamberlaine and stone ever got involved with such badly writen and directed tripe as this.
the actors that played the Indian whimp and the actor that played the large african had unbelievable accents.. they must have been 3rd rate comic actors..
this wasnt worth the one star minimun

at £2.99 even this was poor value for money. pooh.. what a stinker
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on 14 March 2013
I knew when I ordered it how bad it would be,and I wasn't disappointed. Just watching a childhood memory again.
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on 19 July 2015
This is an all time favourite of mine, I've wanted it for years since it was only available on film.
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on 13 April 2013
had the first copy but lost this one richaird chamberlain is great and so it Sharon stone really funny gone get it gets you laughing
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