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Le miniere del Kilimangiaro (1986)

An American college student in 1930s Africa searches for a lost diamond mine near Mt. Kilimanjaro. He must battle Nazis who are using the mine to finance their war plans, Chinese gangsters ... See full summary »





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Cast overview:
Tobias Hoesl ...
Dr. Ed Barclay
Elena Pompei ...
Eva Kilbrook
Christopher Connelly ...
Professor Thomas Smith / Schmidt
Matteo Corsini
Francesca Ferre ...
The Empress
Josette Martial ...
Franco Diogene ...
Peter Berling ...
Mr. Urdos
Tino Castaldi
British Governor's Aide
Kit Dickinson
Luca Giordana
Kiro Wehara ...
Tim (as Huera Kiro)
Michael Ragos ...
(as Michael Rogos)


An American college student in 1930s Africa searches for a lost diamond mine near Mt. Kilimanjaro. He must battle Nazis who are using the mine to finance their war plans, Chinese gangsters and murderous local tribesmen. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Fortune in Diamonds in the Hands of the World's Most Evil Empire!




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31 July 1986 (Italy)  »

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The Mines of Kilimanjaro  »

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Park rangers are shown driving a modern Land Rover. The film is set in the 1930s. See more »


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Goofs and Diamonds Are Forever
24 March 2002 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews


Well, the movie box got me again. The glittery picture on this blatant rip-off of the `Indiana Jones' movies made me rent something that was sure to be bad. And it was. Very. But at least it was so unintentionally funny that it was watchable (unlike `Temple of Doom,' which I think is garbage). This movie is about a murdered college professor's assistant going to the heart of Africa in the 1930s to search for a secret mine full of diamonds. Seems as if the Nazis have been funding their war efforts with African diamonds that the professor knew about. So, without a clue, he bumbles into the jungle with a team of English explorers, followed by nasty foreigners and running into vicious natives. Yes, it is like many other rip-offs, only this spouts off bad dialogue, stock footage, horrible music, and complete stupidity. Rather than do my usual format, I made a fun list of questions and comments about most (but not all) of the silly things I saw. Be aware there are MAJOR SPOILERS in them, so don't read on if you don't want them revealed...

How exactly did the Chinese, Dutch, and English all learn about the German diamond mines? For that matter, how is it that everyone knows that Professor Smith knew the whereabouts if he had changed his identity?

Those diamonds in the flashback look like they were cut by an expert.

Professor Smith wants Barkley to retrieve some `item' in Africa. What item? The journal? Why would Smith need that? If not the journal, than what?

Why do the Germans wait twenty years before they kill off Professor Smith? If he has stayed silent this long, why would he spill the beans now?

Groovy glasses, German dude!

You'd think that Barkley would have found out exactly what the Zetuang was with telegrams, phone calls, and research BEFORE making the trip to Africa.

That hook the African uses against Barkley sure looks like the one Barkley later carries on his belt, the one he has owned for years.

Barkley somehow gets out of the basket the Chinese henchmen throw him in, yet the henchmen never realize the weight difference of the basket? And why did Barkley stick around?

Did I hear Ti-Ling say, `Take a load off, sweetheart,' to Barkley?

What? No compassion for the man that just died setting you free, Barkley?

A guide is shot by an arrow and crawls back to the Kenya rangers in civilization. Yet he doesn't bother to warn or seek help from his comrades who are asleep in their tents right next to him!

Instead of massacring them with everyone else in normal procedure, the Leopard Men take Barkley and Eva captive. Yet they leave that huge hook on Barkley's belt.

Barkley and Eva take refuge inside the witchdoctor's tent, which the regular tribesmen are not allowed into. Why didn't the witchdoctor himself simply walk in and throw them out?

Barkley conveniently finds a knapsack full of Professor Smith's notes in the witchdoctor's tent. This stuff would have been invaluable to Barkley on a personal level, and there is a journal all about the 1917 expedition. But Barkley rips out a page with a crude map and leaves everything else behind. And when he tears it out, it is ripped so the top left quarter of the page is still in the journal. That part of the page happens to be where Kilimanjaro is drawn!

Barkley tells Eva that the map tells them to travel Northeast to get to Kilimanjaro. But then he admits he doesn't know what direction they are headed. Were they going in the right direction by blind luck?

Eva is wearing tall boots when the Leopard Men capture her, but sandals afterwards. During the journey after they escape, Eva is without her sandals. There is no reason for her to take them off and they have no where to put them as they walk. But then later she has them back on.then she doesn't.then she does again.

The Dutchman and the Chinese henchman, Tim, use a female African as a tracker. But how does she track anyone when riding in the back of the truck?

And why do the bad guys place a bomb in their truck? What if they needed it to return later?

Barkley and Eva are rescued by the priests and stay with them until the German assassin shows up. They kill the German and then inexplicably flee for the desert.without taking food or water!

The all-woman tribe..yikes! Through some genetic defect, they haven't given birth to a man in seventy years. There are plenty of tribes around, why not grab a man from one of them? And how did the empress learn how to speak perfect English? And why was she white? And where did she get that make-up?

We find out Lord Killbrook was not the father of Eva. If that is the case, why did he insist on going after her and Barkley ALONE in the jungle with no supplies? And how in the world did he track them down?

Lord Killbrook shoots one out of four bad guys with a rifle at long range, and then starts to stumble down a hill. The other three ARMED bad guys don't shoot back, but simply surrender.

After being slaves for ten years, the Zetuang sure pick the ideal time to revolt.

But what happened to the main German officer??? You know, the head man whose name we never get to know?

Well, gee, the mine caved in, so we'll just assume no one told the rest of Germany where its location is.

A feel-good ending where our young couple head out into the sunset.But they STILL don't have any food, water, compass, or clue how to get out of the jungle!

Anyhow, have fun making your own list. If you can stand sitting through it all! Zantara's score: a (generous) 3 out of 10.

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