A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a a nutty Indiana-Jones-type looking for King Solomon's Mines), sets out to rescue her former fiancé. What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Producer Frank Yablans had been involved in this project since its inception. Michael Crichton had pitched his idea for a modern-day King Solomon's Mines to him, before he had even written the novel. Yablans liked the idea so much that, without Crichton's authorization, he sold the film rights to Twentieth Century Fox in 1979, a year before the book was published. The technology to create the apes was not available at the time, however, and the project never materialized. During the production of Jurassic Park (1993), Crichton was impressed with the dinosaurs that Stan Winston's studio had created. Producer Kathleen Kennedy (who produced both films) suggested using Winston again for the apes, and suggested the project itself to her husband, Frank Marshall, and Crichton agreed. This resulted in Yablans, Marshall and Kennedy collaborating on the film. See more »
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I don't care what anybody says. I thought it was a well thought-out storyline and the characters were awesome. Everyone had to love Herkama. He made the whole show. Besides, I've seen a lot worse be treated to Academy awards simply because of directors and the movies weren't that great.
I don't think what the creator was attempting to capture special effects buffs as much as it was telling a basic concept of greed.
If you like a good story and can grasp the concept of what it is telling you about the wisdom of Solomon then watch this movie with new insight. If not, you deserve Million Dollar Baby!
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