King Solomon's Mines


King Solomon's Mines (1950)



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This film stars Stewart Granger as fearless-explorer Alan Quartermaine, and Deborah Kerr as the spunky Irish lass who hires him on to locate her husband. Kerr's spouse has disappeared somewhere in Africa while attempting to unearth the long-lost diamond mines of King Solomon.

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Stewart Granger
as Allan Quatermain
Deborah Kerr
as Elizabeth Curtis
Richard Carlson
as John Goode
Hugo Haas
as Van Brun aka Smith
Lowell Gilmore
as Eric Masters
as Umbopa
as Khiva
as Chief Gagool
as King Twala
as Kafa
as Blue Star
as Black Circle
as Chief Gagool
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Critic Reviews for King Solomon's Mines

All Critics (12)

Dated classic has colonial racial views.

Dec 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Of the half a dozen screen versions, MGM's 1950 remake of the 1937 British adventure is arguably the most lavish and entertaining, deservedly winning the Oscars for cinematography and editing.

Mar 25, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A spectacular adventure story with a smidgin of romance, King Solomon's Mines is exciting enough and adventurous enough and wholesome enough for the whole family.

Mar 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Doesn't quite fulfill its promise, in part because the title destination is too obviously a MacGuffin in which the film ultimately doesn't even feign mild interest.

Mar 24, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It is pleasant to look at, but it no longer passes for action and adventure these days.

Jan 17, 2005 | Full Review…

This is not your modern slam-bang action movie...but, rather, it's a pure adventure film, with an emphasis on realistic dangers and believable excitement.

Jan 11, 2005 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King Solomon's Mines


Filmed in glorious technicolor, a good portion of this 2nd go-round of the story (the first was 1937 from a 1885 story) is simply watching Deborah Kerr respond to "the wilds of Africa." You know, crocs and snakes, rhinos and hippos (scared), or gazelle and giraffes (amused). Stewart Granger mainly is slightly annoyed (just as Indiana Jones, following in these footsteps years later would be). The story isn't rousing, as adventure should be, but there are plenty of second unit, in-country shots to fill in. When they find the diamonds nobody even keeps any, or slip a couple into their pockets. And so the romance is all this movie is about, and that's ... meh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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It's no Scaramouche, but it will do if you're in need of a Stewart Granger fix.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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Enjoyable adventure film with alot of on location filming that looks great.I've seen the Richard Chamberlain version from the '80's, which was hokey and just a cheap version of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I was expecting this film to be a bit of the same, but I was shocked that it is just a safari story. It has more emphasis on exploration,interaction with wild animals and tribes than adventure and booby traps. The Mines are shown in the last 15 minutes and there is hardly any attention given to their discovery, which does make for a odd ending. Granger is charming, tough, and really carries the movie that made him a star.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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