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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.Read more ›
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 .Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Three stars is generous. This film is certainly not of the calibre of Ben-Hur or Ten Commandments or King of Kings or El Cid, of the same film era. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Varsity Jones
I really enjoyed watching this movie! The quality and audio was excellent! It was money well spent!Published 3 months ago by Jean White
This was a great movie. Not Biblically correct, but who cares? Yul and GIna are great, and the supporting cast are, too. A good classic to own. I'm happy.Published 4 months ago by DOROTHY
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