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King Solomon's Mines [VHS] (1985)

Richard Chamberlain , Sharon Stone , J. Lee Thompson  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Gampu
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Gene Quintano, H. Rider Haggard, James R. Silke
  • Producers: Menahem Golan, Roni Ya'ackov, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: June 19, 1997
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792836650
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Vastly superior to its rather lackluster sequel ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THER LOST CITY OF GOLD (which was actually filmed back-to-back with this production), this entertaining and fun loving tribute (or some might say rip-off) of the Indiana Jones movies benefits (unlike its follow-up) by the sure hand and capable direction of veteran J. Lee Thompson (of the original GUNS OF NAVARONE) and a suberp supporting cast that includes the always entertaining and eminently watchable John Rhys-Davies and Herbert Lom as the two main villains, a Turkish slaver and a World War I era German Colonel respectively.

Based very loosely on the classic H. Rider Haggard adventure novel of the same name, this movie features Richard Chamberlain as adventurer Allan Quaterman who is recruited by the sexy and gorgeous Jessie Huston (played by a pre-famous Sharon Stone) to rescue her father who has fallen into the villains hands in attempt to locate the fabled King Solomon's mines.

What follows is a fast paced, fun and thoroughly entertaining adventure with some eye popping stunts and some truly cheesy special effects.

No matter though, this movie promises high adventure and entertaining escapism. Movie fans will have fun spotting references to other movies of the 1980s from the Indiana Jones adventures to 1983s FOOTLOOSE and that movies game of unintentional chicken.

I was one of the (evidently) few who actually made it to see this movie in the theaters on its release in 1985 and one who instantly picked it up on VHS. Of course when the DVD was released in February of this year I was there to instantly pick it up. Still fun after almost 20 years this DVD comes well recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars non-stop action, from the Cannon Group . . . December 6, 2009
Attempting to ride the wave of success created by Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the good folks at the Cannon Group brought you King Solomon's Mine (1985), an action adventure featuring Richard Chamberlain as the renowned adventurer Allan Quartermain. Based on Henry Rider Haggard's novel published a century earlier in 1885, the character had been featured in films before, with Stewart Granger among those playing Allan Quartermain, who was supposedly one of the main inspirations for the character Indiana Jones.

According to legend, somewhere in Africa, a great treasure in diamonds is to be found in King Solomon's mine. Professor Jediah Huston (Bernard Archard), has been abducted by Colonel Bockner (Herbert Lom), the leader of a group of German troops seeking the treasure. John Rhys-Davis, who was also in Raiders of the Lost Ark, appears here as Dogati, a Turk aiding the Germans. Still mainly working in television, a pre-Basict Instinct Sharon Stone, plays Jesse, who has hired Quartermain to find her lost father.

In the 1980's, the Cannon Group was mostly known for action films, particularly those by Chuck Norris, and Charles Bronson's Death Wish sequels. Cannon's production of King Solomon's Mine features mostly non-stop action, as Quartermain and Jesse, get into and out of a string of tight situations, that includes an extended sequence on a train, a madcap encounter in the air, a rather silly incident in a giant cooking pot, and swinging over a pool of crocodiles. The abundance of action, makes the film seem longer than it is. At the time, Richard Chamberlain was pretty hot, coming from the success of the Thorn Birds. Minus the whip, and with a heavy beard, Chamberlain bears a resemblance to a certain Dr. Jones.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Quatermain and the Mines of Doom May 17, 2008
H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines is one of those stories where it often feels that only the title and the odd character name have been filmed. If there were a prize for the least faithful version, Cannon's 1985 romp would win hands down. Richard Chamberlain's Great White Hunter Allan Quatermain may be a reluctant guide on a quest for the fabled mines, but this time his only companion is Sharon Stone, eager to save her archaeologist father from Herbert Lom's dastardly and cartoonish Wagner-loving German officer (the plot has been updated to pre-WW1 Africa). No prizes for guessing that this is inspired more by Indiana Jones than H. Rider Haggard (it even co-stars John Rhys-Davies as another Arab, this time on the bad guys' side), with the stunts increasingly outrageous and the tone firmly tongue in cheek.

Shot almost back-to-back with the dire Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold and originally brandishing the how-are-they-ever-going-to-fit-that-on-the-marquees title Allan Quatermain and King Solomon's Mines and the Lost Caves of Death, it's a film almost as overloaded as it's rejected title: for the first half or so it's surprisingly entertaining, but eventually the relentless energy starts to wear you down as you realise that the film's used up most of its best stunts and jokes and is running out of clichés to rehash and lampoon. Certainly there's nothing in the second half to match a comic marketplace chase or a very silly train rescue that sees Quatermain work his way through variations of Indy's truck chase before skiing along the rails as he holds on by his bullwhip... In many ways, DVD is an almost ideal way to see it: a little too much to sit through in one go, a self-created intermission certainly helps.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars too light to be a paperweight
although it took a while to receive my order I was surprised when I got it to find out not only will it not play in my dvd player, it will not play on this continent. Read more
Published 4 months ago by todd ginader
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I remember watching this series when I was younger. The price was right, so I bought them to watch again. The story & content are not as bedazzling as I recall, ah tastes change. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Caputo
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
this is one of my favorite movies, it is not full of filth and awful language I let my grand kids watch it with me
Published 9 months ago by goatlady
2.0 out of 5 stars Golan-Globus production -- need I say more?
This is a quarter-century-old flick that was made by the Golan-Globus productions, who it seems specialized in making schlock by the kiloton (with very few exceptions). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ghost(Ghost(M))
4.0 out of 5 stars King Solomon's Mines
This is a personal Classic movie in my opinion. Somewhat cheezy acting and action sequences, but all in all a good film. Terrific score by Jerry Goldsmith!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Andrew Papesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy but great
I have been looking for this version of King Solomon's Mines to complete my collection for years. Campy but spunky and diverting.
Published 16 months ago by MARK in New Mexico
1.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 King Solomon's Mines DVD
In the area where I purchased the video on Amazon, it did not have anything about region 2 videos not playing on video players in the US. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rick Littell
5.0 out of 5 stars a++
Love it, Great service, I receive what he describe, in good conditions, a A++ service, will recomend it to anyone
Published 18 months ago by Carlos Lugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This movie rocks! It was as awesome as the first day i watched it.... Even my dad commented how cool it was to see this movie again. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeremiah Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Would H. Rider be proud?
I dont know if Haggard would like his story changed up so much, but just watching the beautiful young Sharon Stone certainy makes it worthwhile
Published on July 10, 2012 by William L. Huettel
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