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Renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain (Golden Globe nominee Patrick Swayze, Ghost) has given up the life of an adventurer, vowing to leave the natural splendor of Africa to its own people... See full summary »

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Steve Boyum

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Steven H. Berman (television story), Steven H. Berman (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Patrick Swayze ... Allan Quatermain
Alison Doody ... Elizabeth Maitland
Roy Marsden ... Captain Good
John Standing ... Dr. Sam Maitland
Gavin Hood ... Bruce McNabb
Sidede Onyulo Sidede Onyulo ... Umbopa
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Sir Henry Curtis
Nick Boraine ... Ivan Fleekov
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Twala
Lesedi Mogoathle Lesedi Mogoathle ... Gagool
Godfrey Lekala Godfrey Lekala ... Khiva
Mesia Gumede Mesia Gumede ... Ventvogel
Langley Kirkwood ... Sergei
Morné Visser ... Petre
Robert Whitehead Robert Whitehead ... Bitter
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Renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain (Golden Globe nominee Patrick Swayze, Ghost) has given up the life of an adventurer, vowing to leave the natural splendor of Africa to its own people--and leave its destruction to the likes of his mercenary former partner, Bruce McNabb (Gavin Hood, American Kickboxer). But Quatermain can't live on his principles alone. His acceptance of a handsome offer from beautiful Elizabeth Anderson (Alison Doody, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and her friend Captain Good (Roy Marsden, Vanity Fair), promises to be an expedition of another sort--find the desperate woman's missing father who disappeared in Africa while searching for the infamous King Solomon's Mines. Quatermain knows the legend well, and he knows that no living soul who dared to seek out the world's greatest treasure, ever returned alive. But for him and his game comrade of the jungle, Sir Henry (Ian Roberts, The Power of One), no challenge is too great or too dangerous. In possession of ...

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2004 (USA) See more »

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Episode 1
14 July 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This Hallmark presentation is pretty trashy and slow moving. Patrick Swayze plays an American Allan Quatermain. He is a game hunter who we see in an inept opening sequence where a loutish man gets his comeuppance for shooting an elephant.

The action then moves to London, where bizarrely Quatermain is in a custody battle. The reason is Quatermain sent his son to Britain to live with his grandparents after his wife died and he stayed behind in Africa. It is just utter nonsense.

However the need for Quatermain to get money to fight the custody battle is the hook when Elizabeth Maitland (Alison Doody) the daughter of a distinguished Oxford archeologist Dr Sam Maitland (John Standing) wants Quatermain to rescue her father who is being held by a tribal chief called Twala (Hakim Kae Kazim.) Twala wants the map of the mythical King Solomon's Mines and is torturing Dr Maitland. The Russians whose Tsar funded Dr Maitland's search are also looking for the map.

It took an age for the first part of the series to get going and once it ended in the wilds of Africa you get less of the jungle and more of the desert. It is rather bland and badly scripted with little action and no chemistry between Swayze and Doody.


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