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King Solomon's Mines (1950)

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Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Elizabeth Curtis
... Allan Quatermain
... John Goode
... Van Brun aka Smith
... Eric Masters
Kimursi ... Khiva (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
Siriaque ... Umbopa (as Siriaque of the Watussi Tribe)
Sekaryongo ... Chief Gagool (as Sekaryongo of the Watussi Tribe)
Baziga ... King Twala (as Baziga of the Watussi Tribe)
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Guide Allan Quatermain helps a young lady (Beth) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance, because while they fight with wild animals and cannibals, they fall in love. Will they find the lost husband and finish the nice connection? Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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1890s | king | fight | diamond | cannibal | See All (164) »

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Release Date:

24 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

König Salomons Diamanten  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,258,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,047,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,955,000, 31 December 1950
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to be nominated in either of the lead acting categories, or in any acting category. See more »

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The black and white long-haired monkeys in the trees are colobus monkeys, whose skins are worn as mantles by tribal chiefs. When Quartermain meets Umbopa he describes him as being haughty and too well dressed. As Twala is wearing a colobus skin, this is something that Quartermain should have recognized, Umbopa was beyond being merely well-dressed, but was royalty. See more »

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Allan Quatermain: ...in the end you begin to accept it all... you watch things hunting and being hunted, reproducing, killing and dying, it's all endless and pointless, except in the end one small pattern emerges from it all, the only certainty: one is born, one lives for a time then one dies, that is all...
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Simply a great movie!
16 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Aaron Copland believed great art goes hand in hand with simplicity. This movie is simple and great. I was browsing on the internet when I discovered some reviews of the R-1 DVD which heavily criticize the movie (and not just the DVD). I gave a quick look at IMDb to discover that, quite amazingly to me, the movie has only a 6.8 rating, that it has only been rated by less than a thousand viewers and that many viewer apparently found it boring. Let me just emphasize what should be obvious: this version of 'King Solomon's Mines' is not an action movie. It is probably best described as an invitation to Africa, combined with a reflexion on various aspects of what it means to be human. It many respects, it foreshadows and complements Clint Eastwood's 'White Hunter, Black Heart'.

Let me mention just one striking 'detail': what's going on on screen is SO fascinating that no music has been added to the various sounds emanating from the country or from the music instruments of the African people themselves. This was a daring move, especially at the time, but it enriched the movie enormously.

I will end this quick review with a piece of advice: Your mind should be as free as possible from everyday's life various troubles if you want to enjoy this movie. Pick up a night when you are already rather relaxed, and immerse yourself gently into the atmosphere created by the filmmakers. You won't regret it.


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