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King Solomon's Mines (1985)

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Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

H. Rider Haggard (based on the novel by), Gene Quintano (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Allan Quatermain
Sharon Stone ... Jesse Huston
Herbert Lom ... Col. Bockner
John Rhys-Davies ... Dogati
Ken Gampu ... Umbopo
June Buthelezi ... Gagoola
Sam Williams Sam Williams ... Scragga
Shaike Ophir ... Kassam (as Shai K. Ophir)
Fidelis Cheza Fidelis Cheza ... Mapaki Chief (as Fidelis Chea)
Mick Lesley Mick Lesley ... Rupert Dorfman
Vincent Van der Byl Vincent Van der Byl ... Shack (as Vincent Van Der Byl)
Bob Greer Bob Greer ... Hamid
Oliver Tengende Oliver Tengende ... Bushiri
Neville Thomas Neville Thomas ... German Pilot
Bishop McThuzen Bishop McThuzen ... Dari (as Bishop Mcthuzen)
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Storyline

Allan Quatermain is a fortune hunter who is convinced by Jesse Huston to help her find her father, who's been lost somewhere in the African jungle during his last exploration. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las minas del rey Salomón See more »

Filming Locations:

Harare, Zimbabwe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,005,788, 24 November 1985

Gross USA:

$15,057,465
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone was extremely difficult to work with to the point that many of the cast and crew didn't want to talk to her. At one point during production, crew members urinated on the bathtub in her trailer; it was only when she stepped in her milk bath that she noticed the strong odor. See more »

Goofs

The amount of lions seen outside the cauldron differs than the ones seen from the inside. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Bockner: Turks are afraid of fire?... Germans too.
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Alternate Versions

All DVD/VHS releases and TV versions in Germany were cut for violence to secure a "Not under 12" rating. In 2004 the film was re-released on DVD by MGM for the first time in its uncut form. See more »

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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Okay sue me! I actually liked it.
4 February 2007 | by vip_ebriegaSee all my reviews

Review summary: Mostly obvious knock-off of INDIANA JONES, but functions more as an entertaining parody.

I've heard many bad reviews on this film. They all say "Indiana Jones rip-off" or "Worst movie ever". But to me, this is actually entertaining, and it's silly fun indeed. The film is usually called a rip-off because they see some elements they also saw in the Indy flicks. Truth be told, this has more in kin with the Lucas/Spielberg classic than H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure novel. But seeing the film, it actually has a lot of fun with itself. It wasn't meant to be taken seriously, and I agreed to the bargain. Richard Chamberlain is not that heroic as Indy, but he throws in a lot of jokes to make viewers crack a smile. Sharon Stone shouts, complains, whines in the entire journey, but what would you expect on a big-screen debut. Herbert Lom, as I see it, is being more of funny than sinister intentionally. Same goes for John Rhys-Davies, but he looks more villainous. But it wasn't all parody and humor. "King Solomon's Mines" is also action-packed. Perhaps one of the real downer in the action department are the special effects (terrible process shots!) and stunts (the most obvious stunt doubles ever!!). Still, we have crocodiles, tribesmen, Nazis and exploding caves of lava.

Perhaps it's my love for old-fashioned adventure that made me like this silly, mostly campy adventure, but I couldn't deny the guilty pleasure I had with it. Overall, this is actually functions as an enjoyable tongue-in-cheek adventure flick, but make sure you leave any pretense of common sense at the door. It's stupid fun.

Rating: *** out of 5.


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