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King Solomon's Mines

4.5 out of 5 stars 237 customer reviews

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King Solomon's Mines (1950) (DVD)

Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr star in this expansive epic ofadventurer Allan Quartermain, hired to find a missing explorer--who mayhave found the fabled, lost diamond mines of King Solomon. Filmed onlocation in Africa. Winner of two Academy Awards. Based on H. RiderHaggard's novel.

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Adventure yarns don’t come more ripping than King Solomon’s Mines, the classic Great White Hunter tale. Novelist H. Rider Haggard’s hero, Allan Quatermain (Stewart Granger), reluctantly agrees to lead an Englishwoman (Deborah Kerr) and her brother (Richard Carlson) deep into uncharted territory in Africa, in search of the lady’s lost husband. What follows is a cavalcade of boys’ adventure stuff: charging rhinos, cannibals, an incredible wildlife stampede, and the back-of-the-neck-tingly thrill of venturing into unmapped lands. The location shooting, including tribal rituals, is marvelous throughout, and the movie manages to pack a great deal of material into 102 minutes without ever seeming rushed. A remake of a 1937 film, King Solomon’s Mines was itself remade badly, with Richard Chamberlain, in 1985, and Quatermain was essayed by Sean Connery in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but purists will prefer Stewart Granger’s stalwart-yet-sardonic hero--his career never quite got over the role. --Robert Horton

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Product Details

  • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore
  • Directors: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
  • Writers: Helen Deutsch
  • Producers: Sam Zimbalist
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006B2A7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Solomon's Mines" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this movie as a little girl and watched it on TV a couple more times over the years. It's absolutely the most thrilling, wonderful movie ever made. But WHAT HAPPENED??? There is at least one tribal dance that has just disappeared -- nowhere to be found in this video. There is one dance still left in the movie, near the end, that is also exciting, but the one I remember the most is where the natives do these incredible jumps and the most wonderful, amazing movements that were all synchronized and fascinating to watch. You could tell they were working themselves into a frenzy to attack the whites, and they were very hostile and truly frightening, so maybe that's not acceptable by today's standards. Did the PC police get to this tape? The VHS running time is 103 minutes. I wonder what the running time of the original film was. I would have given this 5 stars except for my awful disappointment about the omitting of the dancing. Does anyone know where I can get an uncut version? Also, why isn't there a DVD? Maybe there would be an explanation or even out-takes of the dancing.
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Even fifty years after its original release, King Solomon's Mines is still one of the best adventure movies ever. Featuring a talented cast and beautiful outdoor camerawork this movie is an often copied, but never surpassed forerunner of the Indiana Jones' style stories. Granger and Kerr make the most of their respective roles creating real live human beings instead of the usual cardboard action figures that the audience has come to expect in this sort of movie and the animal stampede scene, often replayed in later movies' makes for one of the greatest motionpicture events ever.
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King Solomon's Mines features breathtaking photography of African wild life with the main stars in the actual locales. The stampede scene with Kerr and Granger left to their own devices along with the directors, is unbelievable in every sense.Nothing like it until the Buffalo stampede in the otherwise dismal How The West Was Won."

Kerr and Granger are great actors;they invest their roles with great faith in what they are doing,entirely missing in current films of the same genre.

The gorgeous Technicolor, the Watusi dances, later inspiring Bob Fosse, and the great Andrew Marton at the healm, directing with flair and wit and uncommon daring. No computer driven action scenes here.

I love the cynicism of the film, Quatermain's idea of life summed up for him in the games the natives play. And Deborah Kerr, stepping into every dangerous hole and crevice where terrible creatures lurk..excellent in every way.

Buy this and be amazed.
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This film is not to be confused with others by the same title. This is the only KING SOLOMON'S MINES that is worth watching, and it is amazing. It is Stewart Granger's first American film. Warner Bros. was looking for an English actor to replace Errol Flynn as their swashbuckling hero, and man did they hit pay dirt. Between this film and SCARAMOUCHE, Granger established himself as just that: lady's man, man's man, action hero par excellence in both contemporary and costume roles. My only complaint is the gray above his temples, which was added by the make-up and hair department. I never did like that feature because I thought it made him look too old - but he certainly doesn't act that way.

Deborah Kerr is also excellent as the woman-out-of-her-element. She provides the over-reactions to everything from giant centipedes to natives spearing each other. She and Granger start out at odds with one another, as he leads her into the jungle to look for her father, who went in search of the famed King Solomon's Mines. But they end up in each other's arms - big surprise. But the journey along the way is more than entertaining, with several scenes that are downright amazing.

First of all, there is a native village like nothing ever seen before, and authentic in every detail. The "architecture" is like something out of a designer's dream, as are the costumes and hairdos. No costume or hair designer could have come up with anything this exquisite. Since most of the film was shot on location in Africa, I believe the village and natives were real. Nevertheless, they're unbelievably wonderful, and show the people as anything but primitive, unless it's Primitive Modern.

Second, there is a stampeding scene that, even though I've seen it, I still can't believe.
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The combination of authentic locales, stalwart heroes, beautiful heroine, and a search for a mythical treasure yield adventure in every sense of the word. You would follow Granger's Allan Quartermain anywhere! The locations are beautiful and treated with respect. Although the plot departs greatly from Haggard's original story, the spirit of adventure and self-sacrifice remain. This film is what going to the movies use to be all about. I'd love to see this in a theatre again! Its incredible that the earlier version of the film was given the DVD treatment and not this one. I'm not sure how many of the principals involved in the making of this film are still alive, but the potential production notes and "making of" trivia would be fascinating. If you like adventure and old-fashioned entertainment, this is your movie.
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