Saturday, February 18, 2017

King Solomon’s Mines

Director J. Lee Thompson’s (Cape Fear) action-packed adventure film (based on the H. Rider Haggard novel of the same name) stars Richard Chamberlain (Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold) as intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain and Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct) as his adventurous paramour, Jesse Huston. Hired by Jesse to find her father who she believes disappeared in an attempt to find the fabled mines of King Solomon, Quatermain will run afoul of the evil Colonel Bockner (Herbert Lom, Villa Rides), a German explorer also on a quest to locate the mythic treasures. And neither Bockner nor his partner in crime, the merciless Turkish slave-trader, Dogati (John Rhys-Davies, Raiders of the Lost Ark), like the competition.
Adapted for the screen by Gene Quintano (Sudden Death) and James R. Silke (Revenge of the Ninja), King Solomon’s Mines features supporting performances by Ken Gampu (American Ninja 4: The Annihilation) and Sam Williams (King Solomon’s Treasure), with a score by Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith (Best Original Score, The Omen – 1977).

My Thoughts

If you enjoyed India Jones, but haven't seen King's Solomon's Mines, you are definitely missing something great. This gem from the 80s is a thrilling adventure. Richard Chamberlain plays Allan, an explorer who sets out to find Solomon's mines. He is hired by Anna, played by a young Sharon Stone, so they can find her father who vanished during his quest.  He must compete against an evil German explorer who wants to reach the fabled treasure first.

This film is packed with adventure and intrigue.  I especially enjoyed the scene where Anna and Allan are about to be thrown into  a giant cauldron. The tribes are enthralling and there are endless twists and turns a long the way.  The classics are always the best, and this is one of my favorite adventure films.