King Solomon's Mines (1985)

Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies,
Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer.
  • 5.2 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • H. Rider Haggard, Gene Quintano, James R. Silke, Writer:
  • J. Lee Thompson, Director:
  • Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan, Producer:

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5/10 / 10

Review summary: Mostly obvious knock-off of INDIANA JONES, butfunctions more as an entertaining parody.

I've heard many bad reviews on this film. They all say "Indiana Jonesrip-off" or "Worst movie ever". But to me, this is actuallyentertaining, and it's silly fun indeed. The film is usually called arip-off because they see some elements they also saw in the Indyflicks. Truth be told, this has more in kin with the Lucas/Spielbergclassic than H. Rider Haggard's classic adventure novel. But seeing thefilm, it actually has a lot of fun with itself. It wasn't meant to betaken seriously, and I agreed to the bargain. Richard Chamberlain isnot that heroic as Indy, but he throws in a lot of jokes to makeviewers crack a smile. Sharon Stone shouts, complains, whines in theentire journey, but what would you expect on a big-screen debut.Herbert Lom, as I see it, is being more of funny than sinisterintentionally. Same goes for John Rhys-Davies, but he looks morevillainous. But it wasn't all parody and humor. "King Solomon's Mines"is also action-packed. Perhaps one of the real downer in the actiondepartment are the special effects (terrible process shots!) and stunts(the most obvious stunt doubles ever!!). Still, we have crocodiles,tribesmen, Nazis and exploding caves of lava.

Perhaps it's my love for old-fashioned adventure that made me like thissilly, mostly campy adventure, but I couldn't deny the guilty pleasureI had with it. Overall, this is actually functions as an enjoyabletongue-in-cheek adventure flick, but make sure you leave any pretenseof common sense at the door. It's stupid fun.

Rating: *** out of 5.

6/10 / 10

Well I read a lot of the reviews here and it seems to be pretty dividedas to whether or not this is a good movie. So here's my 2 cents. In myopinion this was not trying to be Indiana Jones. I think the intensionwas to make a campy, cheesy spoof, and as that it succeedsfantastically. Keep in mind this was the early - mid 80's. CheezeballB-movies were all the rage and popular. Look was came out in aroundthat period. King Solomon's Mines, a year later a sequel, Lost City ofGold. But we had many other great cheese movies like Ice Pirates,Dungeonmaster, Dragonslayer, Spaceballs, just to name a few. Conan theBarbarian spawn a whole subgenre of barbarian movies as did RoadWarrior for post-apocalyptic movies. I'm sure there where other moviesof these subjects before, but these were the ones that really kicked itoff for those subgenres. I think that many of those who are complainingthat King Solomon's Mines is so bad are those who are too young toremember and appreciate these movies that came out in around thatperiod or those who decided it's not "cool" to like cheesy movies.

Of course you can't compare the effects to that of Raiders of the lostArk. Raiders had a near unlimited budget for the day, how do youcompete with something like that? And do you honestly think that theyblatantly ripped off scenes without getting permission first? Iwouldn't be surprised if Lucas is making a small royalty of thesemovies, or at least did back when it came out. Yes, they rode theRaiders wave. Why is it that we criticize someone for riding a winningwave? If I had the chance, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I would argue thatany of these movies have more heart than most of what comes out ofHollywood these days. These were made back when, for the most part,budgets were tight and people made movies for the love of makingmovies.

Having a weakness for violent gore movies and foreign, B-Movies andforeign probably comprise 60% of my DVD collection and 70-80% of my VHScollection. Almost 600 movies combined. But I have a rare gift to beable to sit down and watch a movie without comparison to another andjudge it on it's own. That's why my collection contains everything fromLittle Mermaid and Aladdin to Cannibal Holocaust(Uncut) and Salo: 120Days of Sodom(Uncut), from The English Patient to, yes, King Solomon'sMines. (I do, however, have Lost City of Gold on VHS) So sit back, tryto watch movies without any preconception of what you are about towatch. Critics, friends, rumors are just that. You are your own person,make up your own mind. If you can't do this, you are probably lookingat the wrong movie. All you will see is a bad Raiders rip-off and youshould stick to what you know or "reality" *Ya Right* TV.

And that's my 2 cents.

ME

8/10 / 10

This is a fun flick, based on the original story by Rider Haggard butwith lots of bits from other sources, along with some totally humorousand almost unbelievable "stuff". If you want a serious flick and arethe type who takes notes during the show, go somewhere else. If youwant some genuine old-fashioned, borderline ridiculous entertainmentalong with your big bowl of popcorn, this is definitely it. SharronStone's character is a trip. The bit with her taking over the positionof pilot in a commandeered biplane, even though she has never even beenin a plane let alone flown one, is absolutely a scream. "Vroom!" washer exact summation of the experience. As for the Germanic presence inthe dark Continent, as insinuated in this version of "Solomon's Mines",this is historically correct for the time, though far from accurate inits presentation; but this is entertainment! This edition of "Solomon'sMines" is not intended to be an accurate re-run of earlier flicks. Ifyou gotta have precision and accuracy, see the '40's version with StuGrainger and Liz Kerr. If you want some good entertainment of thenon-serious vein, this is a good one. I've worn out my VHS version andam beating the bush for a DVD replacement.

7/10 / 10

A long time ago, I was introduced as an "outsider" to a group of boyswho would get together once a month to have a "Cheese Fest" of real badmovies. We watched three movies, and laughed until we cried. When itwas over, I shyly suggested a movie called "King Solomon's Mines". Theyhad never heard of the film, or hadn't seen it yet. This was my openingto be "cool" with the gang.

At the next gathering, I came over with a VHS copy I rented from astore. We watched it, and had to stop the movie several times becausewe were laughing so hard! We all agreed that this was the best worstmovie we had ever seen! About two days later, my front door bell rang,and it was the boys there to give me a gift! I had been "accepted" intotheir gang! Many nights of "Cheese Fests" followed, but none were assuccessful as the night we watched "King Solomon's Mines"! The gift, bythe way, was the very VHS copy of "KSM" (which we pronounce; "Chaos,Mmm") I had rented! I still have it to this day, and have shown it tomany friends who thank me every time while wiping away a tear.

8/10 / 10

This is a movie rated so low by others but by some it gives them a reminderof indiana jones. Next to those movies this one is the next best. I wouldrecommend it to indiana jones fans who have been waiting years for anothersequel. This movie has a sequel too which is almost as good but get a bitslower at the end. The movie is really good though. I enjoyed thestoryline,the actors, the music by Jerry Goldsmith is very enchanting, the only thingi could say isnt that good in this film are the special effects but for thetime being it will do. Theres nothing to lose so go out and rentit!