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King Solomon's Mines 

An adventurous quest for a treasure hidden in King Solomon's mines, based on H. Rider Haggard's timeless tale.
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Patrick Swayze ...  Allan Quatermain 2 episodes, 2004
Alison Doody ...  Elizabeth Maitland 2 episodes, 2004
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ...  Captain Good 2 episodes, 2004
John Standing ...  Dr. Sam Maitland 2 episodes, 2004
Gavin Hood ...  Bruce McNabb 2 episodes, 2004
Sidede Onyulo Sidede Onyulo ...  Umbopa 2 episodes, 2004
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ...  Sir Henry Curtis 2 episodes, 2004
Nick Boraine ...  Ivan Fleekov 2 episodes, 2004
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ...  Twala 2 episodes, 2004
Lesedi Mogoathle Lesedi Mogoathle ...  Gagool 2 episodes, 2004
Godfrey Lekala Godfrey Lekala ...  Khiva 2 episodes, 2004
Mesia Gumede Mesia Gumede ...  Ventvogel 2 episodes, 2004
Langley Kirkwood ...  Sergei 2 episodes, 2004
Morné Visser ...  Petre 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Whitehead Robert Whitehead ...  Bitter 2 episodes, 2004
Nkhensani Mlondzo Nkhensani Mlondzo ...  Foulata 2 episodes, 2004
Ronald France Ronald France ...  British Magistrate 2 episodes, 2004
Graham Hopkins Graham Hopkins ...  Austin 2 episodes, 2004
Douglas Bristow Douglas Bristow ...  Bushell 2 episodes, 2004
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Anthony Blommestein Anthony Blommestein ...  Harry Quatermain 2 episodes, 2004
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An adventurous quest for a treasure hidden in King Solomon's mines, based on H. Rider Haggard's timeless tale.

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2004 (USA) See more »

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As Minas do Rei Salomão See more »

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Western Cape, South Africa See more »

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1.77 : 1
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The warrior that Allan Quatermain (Patrick Swayze) fights towards the end of the movie was really a white man who was digitally painted black. See more »

Goofs

When Umbopa tells Gagool that she may sit with him, when the camera pans to the right when Gagool is going to sit, there are 2 plastic transparent bottles of water very prominent visible behind the seat of Umbopa. See more »

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Version of King Solomon's Mines (1985) See more »

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Beautiful.
8 January 2005 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

The problem with the 1985 version of this movie is simple; Indiana Jones was so closely modeled after Alan Quartermain (or at least is an Alan Quartermain TYPE of character), that the '85 director made the mistake of plundering the IJ movies for dialog and story far too deeply. What you got as a finished product was a jumbled mess of the name Alan Quartermain, in an uneven hodge podge of a cheaply imitated IJ saga (with a touch of Austin Powers-esquire cheese here and there).

It was labeled by many critics to have been a "great parody," or "unintentional comedy." Unintentional is the word. This movie was never intended to be humorous; witty, yes, but not humorous. Unfortunately, it's witless rather than witty.

With this new M4TV mini-series, you get much more story, character development of your lead, solid portrayals, and a fine, even, entertaining blend. This story is a bit long; much longer than its predecessors, but deservedly so as this version carries a real storyline and not just action and Eye Candy. While it features both action and Eye Candy, it also corrects the mistake made in the 1985 version by forgetting IJ all together and going back to the source materials for AQ, making for a fine, well - thought - out plot, and some nice complementing sub-plots.

Now this attempt is not the all out action-extravaganza that is Indiana Jones. Nor is it a poor attempt to be so. This vehicle is plot and character driven and is a beautiful rendition of the AQ/KSM saga. Filmed on location in South Africa, the audience is granted beautiful (if desolate) vistas, SA aboriginal cultures, and some nice wildlife footage to blend smoothly with the performances and storyline here.

Steve Boyum totally surprised me with this one, as I have never been one to subscribe to his vision. In fact, I have disliked most of his work as a director, until this attempt. I hope this is more a new vein of talent and less the fluke that it seems to be.

This version rates a 9.8/10 on the "TV" scale from...

the Fiend :.


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