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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YSDAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,618 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.

Customer Reviews

I am a lover of old bibical movies - this was one of the greats!!
Diane L. Todd
I had no idea Mr. Powers passed away while filming this movie so I enjoyed it for what it is & I think everyone involved did a great job!!!
Leo Hott
Gina is drop-dead gorgeous playing the part of Sheba and I don't have to say anything about Yul Brinner....sexy man and great actor.
Pam

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Williams on 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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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2007
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on April 25, 2006
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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 By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on June 27, 2007
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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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