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on June 6, 2009
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. The stoning of the Queen of Sheba at the ruins of the Temple is poignant.

One has to keep in mind that these biblical film epics are loosely based on the Bible and other sacred texts. Regardless of this technicality, it is a great film if this is a genre that you enjoy.

The dialogue has been criticized for being too wordy, too poetic. Keep in mind this was 1959, not 2009. Actors and viewers were expected to be readers of the written word.
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on October 31, 2014
Yul Brynner with hair! This seems to fascinate many but there are more films out there with him sporting a quaff than you might expect! As a Biblical story this is worthy of your collection, although not spot on accurate not many are. As a Sword & Sandal film or Action movie this will satisfy! I hear many reviews stating this movie is more important for the loss of Tyrone Powers but I think this is a highly unfair assessment! 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!!! Whether your into the Biblical aspects or not this is a good action movie! As a period piece it has some good battle tactics & doesn't lack for action. I think lovers of Sword & Sandal, Historical, Biblical, & Action Adventures would be happy to add this one to their collections! I do have a love for the older epics because they didn't depend on billion dollar special effects to carry the film but relied on acting and story lines & good plots! This movie has all of that & can be enjoyed by the whole family as the violence isn't excessive & the language is articulate not relying on the F-bomb to make up for intelligent dialogue! Now I don't consider myself a prude but I am getting a little tired of the lack of morality these days. I see animated cartoons on T.V. that are so crude & promoting ignorance that I would hope there are still family's out there that would want to add a movie like this to their collections!
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First viewing and no closed-captions! I am fond of the dignity of Mr. Brynner. I wanna be like Yul Brynner!

Solomon's One God says, "All men are equal and none are slaves." None are slaves of creation and the Law. The Lord is invisible otherwise the idols of the senses would usurp His image for material prosperity and deeper entanglement in the prison of creation. The invisible Lord must be worshipped be the inner senses of the heart, intelligence and mind.
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on October 8, 2015
The Bible merely reports that the Queen of Sheba, hearing of King Solomon's wisdom, visited him for an education. Of course many traditions say more. In this film Sheba (Gina Lollobrigida) asks Solomon (Yul Brynner) for private lessons, with predictable results. The only direct contradiction to Biblical accounts is Solomon letting his no-good brother Adonijah live long after their father David's death -- forgivable fudging, since George Sanders as Adonijah is too entertaining to kill early on. Less forgivable is the scripting of Abishag (Marisa Pavan) as a total innocent when the Bible is pretty clear about her job: trying to help the aging David regain his sexual potency. Also, while some of the big-screen scenes are technically on par with contemporary Hollywood sword-and-sandal epics, others are definitely not, and the anachronous Star of David decor is annoying.
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on February 10, 2010
"Solomon and Sheba" is one of the great biblical epics. Not great in the sense that the dialog is sharp and witty ot the acting something not to be missed. Great in the sense that this is a reminder that back in the 50's biblical epics were taken seriously, as solid entertainment. The production is beautiful-gorgeous massive sets-even if it's very obvious that they are sets. And there is lots of spectacle(the final battle scene is a sight to behold) and plenty of religious fervor and vengeance. But the real reason for my writing this is the quality of the DVD. This is one of the best DVD's I have ever seen. the picture is as clear as if it had just been made and the colors are sharp and bright throughout. I have the widescreen version on VHS and debated whether or not to replace it-I am really glad I did. They simply cannot compare. One comment: it is a shame that the great score by Mario Nascimbebe is not available on a compact disc(With the exception of a horrible sounding import where it is paired with "This Vikings"-avoid this disc if you ever see it). Nascimbene was a truly innovative composer for this genre and his music deserves to be heard.
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on June 4, 2017
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on July 20, 2016
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. Yul is good, George Sanders is good, Gina is average. Others okay. Just not very smooth viewing. Excessive liberties taken with the historical record of this story. I did the online rental and that will do -- I would not buy it.
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on December 29, 2013
There is no one who could have done more justice to the role of Sheba than Gina. Absolutely ravishing as the pagan queen who causes the moral downfall of Yul Brynner's Solomon. Of course George Sanders has the villain's role as Solomon's older jealous brother who does everything to make himself the king over Solomon. George is usually the villain.
The pagan dance must have given the censors fits at the time this was released. It really is terrific to watch as it's performance initiates God's punishment on Solomon.
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on September 9, 2017
loved it
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on August 10, 2017
Love it
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