King Solomon's Mines 1985

King Solomon's Mines

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Ever in search of adventure, explorer Allan Quatermain (Richard Chamberlain) agrees to join the beautiful Jesse Huston (Sharon Stone) on a mission to locate her archaeologist father, who has been abducted for his knowledge of the legendary mines of King Solomon. As the kidnappers, led by sinister German military officer Bockner (Herbert Lom), journey into the wilds of Africa, Allan and Jesse track the party and must contend with fierce natives and dangerous creatures, among other perils.

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Critic Reviews for King Solomon's Mines

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  • Oct 01, 2017
    An incredibly cheesy knockoff of Indiana Jones, King Solomon's Mines is a poorly made action-comedy that falls flat. Richard Chamberlain stars as adventurer Allan Quatermain, who's hired by a young woman (played by Sharon Stone) to help her search for her father who went missing while looking for King Solomon's fabled diamond mines. The acting is horrendous and the special effects are terrible. The only thing that the film has going for it is Jerry Goldsmith's whimsical score (which is clearly aping the Indian Jones theme). However, it's not the blatant ripping off of Indian Jones that makes King Solomon's Mines so appalling...it's that it does such an awful job at it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2013
    My my, its been a long long time since I saw this long lost adventure, I remember enjoying this on lazy afternoons as a little boy. Looking back now I'm amazed, could this be anymore like 'Indiana Jones'?! I mean seriously!. I can see I'm gonna have to control myself here, one of those films which has been slightly influenced by another bigger fish. By the time this film was released we had already been given the smash hit that was 'Dr Jones' with two rip roaring adventures. Of course the character of 'Allan Quatermain' dates back well before the Lucas/Spielberg creation but this film has clearly gone down that route heavily, so much so that even the score is infringing on copyright laws if you ask me. The story is as you would expect from an African adventure. 'Quatermain' is hired by the very blonde Sharon Stone (yes that one) to find her father. They do so and on his wishes continue to search for the lost mines. On their trail is the German Imperial military led by their ruthless Colonel and an even more ruthless Turkish slave trader. I'm unsure how close to the original novel this film is but I'm also pretty sure the film has been exaggerated quite a bit. The beginning of the film is almost the same as the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Cairo sequence, right down to the same stunts and same action!. From there the film pretty much includes every African adventure cliche imaginable from cannibal tribes, wild lions, fighting on top and underneath trains, Biplane action, sweaty locals as spies and informants, stampeding elephants, alligator pits, booby trap laden caves etc...accept in this film there are monsters too. The only real difference from a certain other franchise is the fact the story is set within British Colonial times (mid to late 18th Century). So the German baddies aren't Nazi's and of course 'Quatermain' is suppose to be a British officer/big game hunter, not archaeologist. Although Stone's character is studying archaeology. Its fun to look back at the cast now, with a very young Sharon Stone acting so badly being the drippy blonde princess who constantly needs rescuing. Chamberlain is the hero 'Quatermain' and does look the part, his outfit is appropriately cliched and cheesy in that typical British Colonial style and with a cool trademark shotgun. Shame about the US accent though. Then we have Rhys-Davies playing pretty much the same kind of character he played in 'Indy' accept this time he's a baddie, but he looks exactly the same. Finally the other main bad guy is Herbert Lom playing the stereotypical porky, curly tashed, oldschool gruff bald German Colonel who cares little about his men and beats natives with his crop. Your typical fat WWI era bratwurst sucking Kraut officer. Interesting observation, Chamberlain has twice made films back to back for a franchise. This film and its sequel plus the Richard Lester 'Three Musketeers' films. The film isn't meant to be a serious action film of course, its light hearted and very jokey but nowhere near as violent as 'Indy'. Its all very tongue n cheek here, the action is tame and very much in the same vain as old black n white films of the same nature. Bluescreen is highly evident and quite nasty looking at times, obvious plastic sets and props, stock footage heavily used etc...The only thing that has a sense of quality about it is the real location work, and I guess the sets were quite large, impressive scale at times. A total campy rollercoaster of continuous watered down action, the finale inside the mines gets even more ludicrous. One thing always baffles me in films like this. When the building or cave or whatever is totally coming down, self destructing with extreme levels of mortal danger. Why do the bad guys still insist on trying to kill the good guy despite the fact they are clearly running out of time to escape and save their own life?. Run away, live to fight another day geez!.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2008
    Never buy big mixed piles of DVD's. You might end up with this in your collection.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2007
    A bad Indiana imitation.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer

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