Solomon and Sheba (1959)

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Shortly before his death in ancient Israel King David has a vision from God telling him that his younger son Solomon should succeed him as king. His other son Adonijah is unhappy and vows ... See full summary »



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Shortly before his death in ancient Israel King David has a vision from God telling him that his younger son Solomon should succeed him as king. His other son Adonijah is unhappy and vows to attain the throne. Meanwhile the Egyptian Pharoah agrees to cede a Red Sea port to the Queen of Sheba is she can find a way to destroy Solomon, whose wisdom and benevolent rule is seen as a threat to more tyrannical monarchs in the region. Sheba, Pharoah, Adonijah, the leaders of the Twelve Tribes and his own God make life difficult for Solomon who is tempted by Sheba to stray. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Release Date:

25 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salomón y la reina de Saba  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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2.20 : 1
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Star and co-producer Tyrone Power had shot more than half of the film when he collapsed during a dueling scene with George Sanders and died a few minutes later. Yul Brynner replaced Power as Solomon, and reshot all of Power's scenes. Power is still visible in some long shots. See more »


During the climatic battle, in one shot of soldiers charging uphill, the spear points wiggle, revealing that they're rubber. See more »


Baltor: I have come to ask your permission to arrange your immediate departure.
Sheba: Yes. Let us go, quickly. There is no reason for us to remain now that I have accomplished my purpose.
Baltor: Your Majesty should not reproach herself. It was nothing more than a sudden storm. It is not the first time lightning has dealt death, nor will it be the last.
Sheba: Was it nothing more than a coincidence?
Baltor: Surely, Your Majesty cannot believe the Israelites, that it was a sign of the anger and revenge of their god?
Sheba: I no longer ...
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HinoSenshi's Review of An Excellent Time-Waster.....With A Little Sex Thrown In!
4 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Holy Cow! I watched "Solomon and Sheba" the other day on TCM, and I totally LOVED it! It is very Biblically inaccurate (there was NOTHING between Solomon and the queen of Sheba, just a conversation!), but a lot of fun!

Yul Brynner is one of my favorite actors to watch on screen; he is sexy, charismatic, over the top, and has that whacked out ambiguous accent. His ability to believably play just about any nationality and role is very evident in his role as the Hebrew king in this film; even though he seems a little out of place. I wonder why they chose him to replace Tyrone Power? Is it just me, or did he never smile in this or any other movie? Sexy!!!!!

Gina Lollobrigia is waaaaaaaaaay hot in this movie! As the erotically inclined, temptress queen, she heats up the screen and blows everyone else out of the water! She and Brynner look very good together, and their love scenes are some of the HOTTEST I've seen in a 50's movie (especially the incredible steamy one at the pagan orgy-WOW!)! Gina has Vulcan eyebrows! I've never seen her in anything else, but I hope I can! She's as va-va-voom as Sophia Loren!

Other than these two hot actors, everybody else in the movie SUCKS. George Sanders is like a dull imitation of a villain-yawn! I got bored with the overlong battle scenes, most of which had no Historical basis at all! Errrrrggh!

Overall, I give "Solomon and Sheba" an 8 out of 10, it should be a 6 but the sexiness and eroticism of the love story brings it up to an 8. If you like pointless epics with some sexuality thrown in, then I definitely recommend this movie to you. It is a great way to waste a boring afternoon alone!

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