Solomon and Sheba (1959)





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Romance, treachery, intrigue and spiritual awakenings abound in the Biblical film adaptation of Solomon and Sheba. Trouble begins between two brothers when poet Solomon (Yul Brynner) is chosen to be next in line to the throne by King David of Israel. His warrior brother Adonijah (George Sanders) is livid when Solomon becomes king. While Israel prospers under Solomon, Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida) conspires with the Egyptians to topple Israel. She is ambitious and seductive and finally gets Solomon to fall in love with her. When a pagan dance ritual turns into an orgy, the people turn against Solomon when the Temple of Jehovah is struck by lightning. After the righteous Solomon has fallen from the grace of God, Sheba renounces her pagan Gods and converts to Judaism. A cast of thousands depict the raging battle between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Directed by King Vidor at the cost of five million dollars, production was delayed when the original choice for the role of Solomon (Tyrone Power) died during the making of the film. Many scenes had to be redone with his replacement, Yul Brynner.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Yul Brynner
as Solomon
George Sanders
as Adonijah
Marisa Pavan
as Abishag
David Farrar
as Pharaoh
Alejandro Rey
as Sittar
Harry Andrews
as Baltor
Maruchi Fresno
as Bathsheba
Félix de Pomés
as Egyptian General
Jean Anderson
as Takyan
Jack Gwillim
as Josiah
Finlay Currie
as King David
Jack Gwyllim
as Josiah
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Critic Reviews for Solomon and Sheba

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If Ben-Hur was The Avengers of its decade, then Solomon and Sheba was the Fantastic Four of its time, an expensive undertaking that earned sizable bank without being especially good.

Full Review… | April 8, 2015
Creative Loafing

Dull biblical epic.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The last film directed by Hollywood legend King Vidor is a Super Technirama wide-screen spectacle shot in Spain with an international cast.

Full Review… | May 3, 2008

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