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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

King Solomon's Mines (1985)

Set in Africa during WWI, a young woman (Sharon Stone) hires an adventurer (Richard Chamberlain) to help find her missing father (Bernard Archard) who was looking for the fabled King Solomon's Mines. But a German Colonel (Herbert Lom) and a Turkish slave trader (John Rhys Davies) are also seeking the legendary mines. Based on the 1885 novel by H. Rider Haggard which has been filmed several times, the two most notable versions are the 1937 British film and the 1950 Hollywood film. This one, directed by J. Lee Thompson, is clearly attempting to appeal to the Indiana Jones fanboys. The film is over the top and with lots of humor (or rather attempts at humor) and Sharon Stone is an annoying ditzy blonde, a sister under the skin of the Kate Capshaw character in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. Made by the infamous Globus-Golan film producers and their company, Cannon films. For the most part, the film at least looks like an "A" budget feature and I suppose we can thank cinematographer Alex Phillips Jr. (BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA) for that. But some of the stuff put in is unbelievable. Chamberlain and Stone are actually put in a giant boiling pot along with tomatoes and onions by cannibals! The film contains a rare bad Jerry Goldsmith score, a total ripoff of John Williams' RAIDERS scores. Banking on it being a hit, Globus-Golan shot a sequel immediately. With Ken Gampu and June Buthelezi.   

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