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Solomon is crowned King of Israel and rules the land with love, peace and respect. While visiting the city, Solomon meets the beautiful Queen of Sheba and falls in love. When she returns to her homeland, Solomon falls into a deep depression, departing from his once idyllic world of peace and luxury while his kingdom threatens to collapse. Featuring an all-star cast, including Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek) as Solomon, Vivica A. Fox (TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Kill Bill: Vol. 1) as the Queen of Sheba, and Oscar nominee Anouk Aimée (Best Actress, Un Homme Et Une Femme, 1966) as Bathsheba.

King Solomon led a grand life, thus rating this epic movie told in two parts, averaging 86 minutes apiece. Director Roger Young chronicles the king's rise from the weakling mama's boy of Bathsheba to a ruler known for his wisdom, international alliances, construction of the Jewish temple, and oh yes, those thousand wives--concubines included. Part 1 spends the first hour tracing the rivalry of Solomon (Ben Cross) with half-brother Adonijah, before and after the death of their father King David (Max Von Sydow in a brief appearance). It then makes a 10-year leap to dramatize his famous method of divining the true mother of a contested infant. In Part 2, the filmmakers embrace the legend that Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Vivica A. Fox) had a romantic as well as political alliance, suggesting that they were the star-crossed loves of each other's life and introducing some soft-focus nudity. With the queen's departure, Solomon descends into materialism and idolatry. The performances are strong and the script, penned by Bradley Winter, artfully weaves in background information to give the viewer helpful historical context. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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  • Actors: Ben Cross, Anouk Aimée, Vivica A. Fox, Max von Sydow, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
  • Directors: Roger Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A6X166
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Solomon" on IMDb

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199 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Bryan E. Leed on August 19, 2003
Format: DVD
Three out of these four DVDs are excellent! This is probably the nicest series of Bible stories available. The photography is beautiful, as well as the costumes, props and sets; the acting of the main characters is superb, likeable and believable; and the scripts usually stay very close to the actual Bible verses.
Genesis is the only stinker in this set. It is nothing like the other 3. The Genesis DVD has nice photography, but it does NOT act out the Bible scenes like the other three movies do! Genesis just narrates a reading of the book of Genesis, while showing contemporary desert people going about their daily lives.
If you are undecided about buying the whole set, then I would suggest buying at least one of these separately. "Jeremiah" is my favorite, and it really captures the attitude of a humble prophet being persecuted by the wayward Israelites. "Esther" is probably the most accurately told of these three good movies. It is a pretty clear storytelling, where the other movies sometimes change the order of events (but still portray the overall message accurately). "Solomon" covers the biggest chunk of Scripture, retelling many scenes of the life of Solomon and what Solomon wrote in the Bible.
I would rate the Genesis movie with 1 star, for being so misleading as to its content. But the other 3 films, Esther, Solomon, and Jeremiah are all 5 star movies! Even with the useless Genesis, the price of this DVD set is still a bit cheaper to buy the three good movies here, at one price, than to buy them one at a time.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Neil on November 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you've seen the Turner Network Television series of Biblical movies (like David, Moses, Abraham, etc.), this movie is made by the same people. In fact, some of the same actors are here. It's got a lot more action and drama than some of the other Biblical movies I've seen.
The story covers the period of Solomon's fight with Adonijah through to the split of the kingdom between Jeroboam and Rehoboam. Overall, it is quite faithful to the Scriptures except for the Queen of Sheba. In this movie, she becomes his wife. In any case, the movie does a terrific job showing Solomon's faithfulness transitioning to his turning away from God.
The producers also take some license in small areas where they integrate concepts from Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes into the movie. However, the point they're trying to highlight in those scenes comes through quite clear (and accurately). If you're like me, someone who doesn't like a lot of license in dealing with Scriptural truth, you will be able to enjoy the movie without a lot of distractions from the non-Scriptural parts.
This movie isn't for small children due to some violence in it. It's PG-13, in my opinion.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A romanticized but quite accurate account of what is written in I Kings and II Chronicles, this made-for-television film is exceptional and boasts a brilliant international cast and fabulous settings.
Filmed in Quarzazate, Morocco, the landscapes are wonderful, and the buildings and set decoration, in warm amber shades, are a visual delight, enhanced by the cinematography of Raffaele Mertes. The terrific score by Patrick Williams also adds much to the atmosphere.
The section devoted to the Queen of Sheba has been embelished, but Viveca A. Fox is ravishing as the queen, and it makes for great drama.
The emphasis on this part is to show Solomon's destructive tendencies; women were his weakness, and the rationalizations for his behavior his undoing. From Adam to modern history, it's a common story, but in the case of Solomon, what he gave up for his weakness was God's mighty blessing, and the inheritance he would leave his heirs.
Ben Cross ("Chariots of Fire") as this complex character is marvelous, and he is surrounded by a superb supporting cast. Though it's hard to take the nordic air from Max von Sydow (who in 1965 played Jesus in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"), he is nevertheless an aging giant of a man as King David, and France's great Anouk Aimee plays Solomon's mother Bathsheba with vigor, as she holds on to the reins of power with tenacity.
Other notable performances come from David Suchet (who was so good in the 1998 "The Perfect Murder") as Joab, Ivan Kaye as Solomon's half-brother Adonijah, and Richard Dillane as the laborer who ultimately rules ten of the twelve tribes, Jeroboam. Even the smallest parts are believable, which reflects on the excellent direction by Roger Young.
This is a Bible epic well worth owning for repeated viewing; some of it is poetic, some of it action-packed, often inspiring and thought provoking, and always fascinating.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E. Tully on December 25, 2010
Format: DVD
If you love or want to know or see a bible story in a movie, I highly recommend this movie. Solomon the son of King David, starts with his brother trying to get the throne, but of cause as God said Solomon will be the next king, Solomon gets the throne. The story goes right through to his death. Shows his strong love and relationship with the Queen of Sheba and how that God and the people get angry with him when he starts to worships other Gods. Commandment no. 1. You shall have no other gods before me. 2. You shall not make for yourself an idol. Well made movie, great actors.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After the disappointing "Left Behind-The Movie" and the "Noah" fiasco, I was a little cautious in purchasing this video. But the videos in this series have proven that there are excellent quality, biblical, movies available. I was very pleased with how close the director walked with Scripture. I wasn't certain upon viewing the movie so I had to go back and check for myself. Solomon never married the Queen of Sheba. Solomon just gave her whatever she wanted and she simply went home (I Kings 10:13). But I understand the desire to read a little romance into the story. It helped me realize that it's still "Hollywood" and helped me research a little more. I can't complain about that.
Overall this was an excellent movie! It's a good way to spend a few relaxing hours. Ben Cross was convincing as the "king with many wives" and Vivica's eyes worked perfectly behind the veil. Hard to resist. Great series! Great movie!
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