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Solomon & Sheba (1959)

Yul Brynner , Gina Lollobrigida , King Vidor  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Finlay Currie, David Farrar
  • Directors: King Vidor
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YSDAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Solomon & Sheba" on IMDb

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Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders. An unforgettable blend of romance, treachery and intrigue, this Biblical adaptation has two brothers fighting over who will be next in line to the throne of Israel after King David. It all culminates into a fierce battle between the Egyptians and Israelites-an epic fight with nothing short of the kingdom at stake! 1959/color/139 min/NR/widescreen.

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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mere shadow of what it could have been December 29, 2007
Solomon and Sheba is a film more famous for original star Tyrone Power's death two-thirds of the way through shooting than for anything it achieved once the cameras started rolling again with Yul Brynner in the role (having shot most of the big exteriors, there simply wasn't enough footage of Power in the key scenes with Gina Lollabrigida's Sheba to cut together into a feature).

From the few extracts that have emerged of Tyrone Power's footage this could have been a contender, but after his fatal heart attack filming the final swordfight with long-time co-star George Sanders, unpopular replacement Yul Brynner had the script rewritten to replace Power's doubting warrior king with a more confident and less interesting typical movie hero. There's a huge element of half-heartedness to much of the film that doesn't help matters, much of it no doubt due to reshooting so much of the film again, but it's doubtful this would ever have been more than big-budget hokum. The result is one of those films like Blood Alley (which saw Robert Mitchum controversially replaced by John Wayne days into filming), where the story of what happened behind the screen is much more interesting than the one on it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solomon & Sheba June 6, 2009
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Solomon and Sheba, a 1959 offering from United Artists, gave the movie audiences of the world a glimpse into the Golden Age of Israel. King David entrusted the united kingdom of Israel to his young son Solomon.

Of course, this did not sit well with Solomon's half brother, Adonijah who was the eldest. The contrast between the two sons was striking-Solomon was a poet and a peaceful soul; Adonijah was a warrior ever looking to fulfill his bloodlust. He was only happy when his sword dripped with blood.

The film shows the building of Solomon's Temple, a marvel of industry for the time. Meanwhile, Adonijah and Joab, David's nephew, secretly plotted to seize the throne.

Down the road in Egypt, the Pharaoh plotted with the Queen of Sheba to overthrow Solomon. He feared the united kingdom of Israel and its ever increasing military presence as well as the lost of trade. In the final analysis, war usually results from economic factors.

Everyone wanted to travel to Jerusalem to see the magnificent city of Jerusalem with its Temple and Solomon's palace. Also, they yearned to hear the words of wisdom from Solomon that had given him global renown.

When the Queen of Sheba arrives in Jerusalem, she brings her vast caravan with expensive gifts for the King as well as her gods which she hoped would lead to his downfall. The Queen was an intoxicating beauty which a god would be unwilling to resist.

Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida give two stellar performances. The Spanish cinematography is beautifully filmed.

The wrath of Jehovah on the Temple as the result of Solomon's sin is awe-inspiring. The climax battle between Solomon and Adonijah leading the Egyptian army is spectacular.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wisest Man and a Beautiful Queen April 25, 2006
This is a fantastic and compelling 1950s biblical epic movie with first class acting, lavish and authentic costumes, exceptional battle sequences, breathtaking sets, and unforgettable spectacle. Yul Brynner plays Solomon, the King of Israel, a role he performs with exceptional skills. The Queen of Sheba is majestically played by the beautiful Gina Lollobrigida, whose captivating beauty easily tempted Solomon. In fact, this reminds me of one memorable scene when the Queen of Sheba performs a seduction dance during celebration in honour of he (pagan) God, Dagon. Solomon's scheming and jealous brother, Adonijah, is expertly played by George Sanders.

Adonijah, the warrior is passed over for succession after the death of King David. Solomon, who was renowned for his great wisdom, was chosen to be King of Israel. The result was permanent enmity between these two brothers.

The story of Solomon and Sheba is based on the Old Testament. However, in the scriptures, there is little mention of the Queen and the mysterious land of Sheba on which to base the plot. The story revolves around her state visit to Israel. Based on the little information available, the producers weaved out an interesting and complex plot where greed, power, passion and lust feature prominently in King Solomon's court.

The film shows that despite the renowned wisdom that Solomon possessed, he could not avoid being tempted by the Queen of Sheba, which almost resulted in the loss of his Kingdom. However, the Queen of Sheba ended up being deeply in love with Solomon.

This is a spectacular biblical epic movie that is action packed and will keep the audience glued to the screen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Epic Filmmaking Gone Terribly Wrong June 27, 2007
When your star actor dies on location two-thirds into filming, perhaps it's better to pull the plug and collect the insurance money. Unfortunately, the producers of "Solomon and Sheba" (1959) decided that Yul Brynner and his yak hair would make an ideal substitute for Tyrone Power. The extensive reshooting and budgetary shortcuts resulted in a clumsy biblical epic. It would have been interesting to compare the original Power footage with the cheesiness of the final version. Veteran director King Vidor threw in the towel after this disaster-laden project.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Best fortune!
I generally have a life, so I don't often have time to write reviews, so this will be short: there is a reason you've never heard of this film; its because it doesn't deserve to be... Read more
Published 10 days ago by B. Humphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Its excellent i in joyed it very much
Published 28 days ago by michele aiken
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Darnay Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jose J. Duque
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought the movie was fun and somewhat accurate
Solomon & Sheba It was interesting to see Yul Brynner with hair. I thought the movie was fun and somewhat accurate. Sets were great and the color was gorgeous.
Published 2 months ago by Mary DeBoer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Movie
Yul Brenner did a good acting job in this movie as Solomon. He is a very good actor. Worth the buy and watching.
Published 3 months ago by southernlass
5.0 out of 5 stars Solomon & Sheba
A must have for Yul Brynner fans. Youl Brynner with hair. A good biblical tale as presented through the eye of Hollywood.
Published 4 months ago by Edward Mueller, Jr., L
4.0 out of 5 stars A good one
This movie told a good story about King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. It looked authentic and the storyline was great. I enjoyed this one very much.
Published 5 months ago by susan candy-luterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Enjoyed this movie. Can't wait to watch it again. Yu Brynner was one the best actors and made this movie timeless!
Published 7 months ago by Marilyn D. Grimes
3.0 out of 5 stars Imcomplete playback
Movie content and quality were as expected, but the movie playback stopped at about 40%.
After several attempts to restart the playback I closed out the Amazon application of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by David A. Eide
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