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King Solomon's Mines (2004)

Patrick Swayze , Alison Doody , Steve Boyum  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Alison Doody, Roy Marsden, John Standing, Gavin Hood
  • Directors: Steve Boyum
  • Writers: Adam Armus, H. Rider Haggard, Nora Kay Foster, Steven H. Berman
  • Producers: Greig Buckle, H. Daniel Gross, Larry Levinson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J58GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Solomon's Mines" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Swayze, Alison Doody, Gavin Hood, Robert Whitehead. Steven Berman specially adapted this classic story from Sir Henry Rider Haggard for TV with heartthrob Swayze starring as the infamous White Hunter." One of several thrilling remakes of the 1937 original! 2003/color/3 hrs., 24 min/NR/fullscreen.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie adaptation! January 28, 2007
Format:DVD
This movie was an unexpected pleasure and really fun to watch!

Swayze does a great job as Quartermaine & Alison Doody is wonderful as the female lead. There are never annoying moments of disgusted "They'd never do that", or ridiculous temple-of-doom type comedy lines. The screenplay and plot were terrific, the adventure was compelling, and the entire movie was heartwarming. Villains were even well-wrought. Scenery was breathtaking.

Well done, highly recommended, and perfect for family viewing on a Sunday afternoon or early Saturday evening.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long but of interest February 11, 2005
Format:DVD
Clearly, King Solomon's Mines is made for television. That's its main weakness. The movie, probably a miniseries, is drawn out to fill nearly 3 hours. It's never boring but it lacks the cleverness and frequent action of a movie like Raiders of the Lost Ark, the gold standard for such adventure yarns. The characters and plot are interesting enough to keep you viewing. Some of the characters like the evil African king and his witch doctor are surprisingly very good, if only minor roles. Patrick Swayze puts in a credible performance as do most of the supporting cast. The cinematography is generally very well done and some of the scenery is eye popping. A little more budget and we might have actually gotten a decent tour of the mine filled with traps, treasure, twists, turns, and wonderous sights. Alas, that's not really the payoff here. It's about the characters on the journey, not the journey itself.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable entertainment January 30, 2005
Format:DVD
This is a fair action/adventure movie, along the Indiana Jones lines - but Quartermain was there long before Indy. It's got something for just about everyone: fatherhood tested, family loyalty, evil pursuers, magical treasures, and a last-minute romantic interest. Swayze does a fair job in the title role. He seems to be maturing as an actor and does a good job here, but certainly won't be taking any new roles that require male beauty.

This appears to be a TV mini-series, with all the pieces strapped together into one feature film. That seems to explain a lot of the slightly discordant notes. There aren't many special effects here, but that works just fine. The pace and action are more subdued than you'd expect in a regular movie, but the it keeps plugging along at a fair pace. It even steps over the jumps between segments without stumbling, mostly. Swayze's "loyal father" role may not be true to a story written so long ago, but is almost a checkbox item for establishing a 21st century male character as a good guy. The romantic interest seems to pop abruptly out of nowhere, as if the scriptwriters got to the last segment and realized they'd forgotten something. Well, I've seen lots worse.

This is longish, almost three hours, but never seemed to drag. It's a bit tame by theatrical standards, but moves along well and won't offend those who prefer chaste flicks. Maybe you could do better than this one, but you could certainly do worse.

//wiredweird
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Solomon's Mines July 10, 2004
Format:DVD
Let me start off by saying that this is amother winner for Hallmark. I don't feel that this one got enough publicity, though, because it was overshadowed by "La Femme Musketeer" airing a week later.
Anytime you think of Patrick Swayze, you think of either "Ghost" ot "Dirty Dancing", but he does quite a good job in this film as Allan Quartermain. Allison Doody (Elizabeth Matiland) also did a great job, and it doesn't hurt that she's beautiful. My personal favortite is Keketso Semoko (Momma Tuussee). Any scene that she's in, she steals.
Hallmark used some beautiful scenery in this film; Going from the forest to the desert, it all looks wonderful. This is another Hallmark movie that you don't want to miss. It's always hard to follow the original film, but they somehow managed to pull it off.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! November 22, 2004
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan of H. Rider Haggard's Quatermain adventures and I've read all of them from the time I was a boy. As a fan of Quatermain I'm very pleased with this version of the classic tale and Swayze is far better than I first anticipated. Well done! This is an excellent adventure worth adding to your DVD library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE FAMILY GEM!! February 24, 2008
By MARCOLO
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is a made for tv show, but very well done in my opion.
This movie is kindda like a Indiana Jones movie.
Just about when you think the movie is over it take a left turn,
or you think they are going to die and they just slip away.
I have always been a fan of Patrick Swayzes ever since the "OUTSIDERS".
I have much respect for Patrick he's a man that plays in movies he wants to do, instead of doing movies just for the money.
In my opion thats a true actor.
I rate this DVD a 5 of 5 stars!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Adventure July 29, 2006
Format:DVD
Patrick Swayze does a nice job here as Alan Quartermain. This is a well made adventure movie, with an exellent screenplay by Steve H. Berman. It is the best movie version. GO out and get it, highly reccomended
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adaptation of a film rather than the book May 29, 2006
Format:DVD
I read with interest the opinion of some reviewers that this version of King Solomon's Mines varies greatly from the book. It does indeed! However, it is a pretty good remake of the other film attempts to retell the story. The Stewart Granger version of the 1950s was very dramatic, while Richard Chamberlain's later attempt was a purely fun romp. I think that this new version with Patrick Swayze is a fine cross between the two--enough Indiana Jones to induce smiles, and enough drama to keep the characters interesting. It's worth the view.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
It was a good Patrick Swayze movie to add to my collection and my husband even enjoyed it since he had never seen it
Published 26 days ago by Glenda Simshauser
5.0 out of 5 stars King Solomon's Mine
Another great movie and this awesome too. If you like Patrick in any of his movies you'll love this one.
Published 2 months ago by DancingInTheWind
5.0 out of 5 stars movie purchased
I received the movie in excellent condition within a week of ordering it. I enjoyed it very much and it will make a wonderful addition to my collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Doris Seltzer
5.0 out of 5 stars King Solomon's Mines
It is a story that I favor and Patrick Swayze was a wonderful actor. He will always be missed.it is well acted and the visual setting was gorgeous.
Published 3 months ago by mona diane temples
5.0 out of 5 stars Great African Adventure!!
Found this to be a wonderful African adventure film. Patrick Swayze does a fantastic job portraying Allan Quartermain. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pixieyorkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
It was made for TV but it is an excellent family movie! I love it because it was one of the last ones Patrick Swayze made And he was still going strong.
Published 4 months ago by Meredith T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Walt Disney returns to television
Hokey. Not even Patrick Swayze can save this bomb. Masquerading as Raiders of the lost Africa, Swayze and Doody stroll boldly across the dark continent and defeat the bad guys. Read more
Published 4 months ago by leonbrokenhand
5.0 out of 5 stars king solomon mines
oldie but a goodie...move over Indiana jones - Patrick is on the way....too bad he is gone from making more good movies
Published 6 months ago by Rose Raynak
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
I had seen this movie before and wanted a copy. I bought it. The packaging was good and the quality of the product was good. Patrick Swayze does a good job in this movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John S.
5.0 out of 5 stars King Solomon's Mines
This movie was terrific! It went into more detail than the original movie and explored more thoroughly the culture of that day, which was thought provoking. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christine Pearson
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