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Solomon & Sheba

4.2 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010YSDAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Solomon & Sheba" on IMDb

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I must say that this film was a very pleasant surprise. It was released in 1959 when biblical epics were at their zenith. Starring Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, and Marisa Pavan, this film is not lacking in star power. It is a lush, compelling story.
The film details the rivalry between Solomon (Yul Brynner) and his older brother, Adonijah (George Sands), the warrior. It was a rivalry that grew out of the fact that Adonijah was passed over for succession to their father David's throne upon his death. It was Solomon who was chosen to rule Israel. This was to cause a rift in their relationship that would be irreparable.
The film also details the love affair between the beautiful Queen of Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida) and Solomon, wise in all things except love. It shows how an affair that started out as a political maneuver on the part of the Queen of Sheba would turn into a selfless, passionate love of the heart. It was a love that would almost rend a nation asunder.
Yul Brenner, as the viewer has probably never seen him (with a head of hair), is excellent as the idealistic and tolerant ruler. Gina Lollobrigida turned out to be a much better actress than I had imagined. She is sensational as the beautiful, exotic, voluptuous Queen of Sheba. She also has a figure that must have been the envy of every woman at one time. It is a perfect hourglass figure that shows off her striking and seductive costumes to perfection.
George Sands is compelling as the envious Adonijah, who sought to take what was not his by any means, fair or foul. His desire for the throne would compromise the very existence of Israel and lead to a climactic finale. Moreover, his hatred for the Queen of Sheba was as great as that of his hatred for his brother.
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United Artist's "Solomon and Sheba", for undeserved reasons often finds its way onto those notorious "Worst Fifty Films of all time", lists compiled by who knows who. Nowhere near as well known as that other great epic of the same year "Ben Hur", this film is a visual feast for the eye and displays all the trademarks of the old school of Hollywood filmmaking, lavish costumes, breathtaking sets, superbly staged battle sequences, unbridled romance and fiery sword play. I'm always impressed by the sincerity that was put into productions like "Solomon and Sheba", in the 1950's where you can see the total commitment to what they were doing by cast and director. Like alot of these epics the polished look on screen often hides the sometimes chaotic goings on behind the scenes. Just a few weeks into production star Tyrone Power suffered a fatal heart attack on set during a sword fight with costar George Sanders. The filming was thrown into disarray as a replacement was frantically sought. Yul Brynner, no stranger to the lavish types of epic productions was quickly cast to take over the role of Solomon, king of Israel. A better choice really couldn't have been made and he combines well with the beautiful Gina Lollobrigida who is ideally cast as the alluring Queen of Sheba.

In the original Bible stories only scant mention was made of the Queen of the mysterious land of Sheba and it revolved around a state visit she made to Israel. The producers have used that one mention to fashion an intriguing story of power, passion and rivalry in the Court of King Solomon. The story of "Solomon and Sheba", begins in the dying days of the life of King David (Finlay Currie) and the growing rivalry between his two sons, warlike Adonijah and studious Solomon .
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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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