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<p>King Solomon''s Mines (1950) (DVD)</p><p>Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr star in this expansive epic ofadventurer Allan Quartermain, hired to find a missing explorer--who mayhave found the fabled, lost diamond mines of King Solomon. Filmed onlocation in Africa. Winner of two Academy Awards. Based on H. RiderHaggard''s novel.</p>

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Adventure yarns don’t come more ripping than King Solomon’s Mines, the classic Great White Hunter tale. Novelist H. Rider Haggard’s hero, Allan Quatermain (Stewart Granger), reluctantly agrees to lead an Englishwoman (Deborah Kerr) and her brother (Richard Carlson) deep into uncharted territory in Africa, in search of the lady’s lost husband. What follows is a cavalcade of boys’ adventure stuff: charging rhinos, cannibals, an incredible wildlife stampede, and the back-of-the-neck-tingly thrill of venturing into unmapped lands. The location shooting, including tribal rituals, is marvelous throughout, and the movie manages to pack a great deal of material into 102 minutes without ever seeming rushed. A remake of a 1937 film, King Solomon’s Mines was itself remade badly, with Richard Chamberlain, in 1985, and Quatermain was essayed by Sean Connery in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but purists will prefer Stewart Granger’s stalwart-yet-sardonic hero--his career never quite got over the role. --Robert Horton

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johnfTop Contributor: Classical Music
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great old-time adventure film but forget modern-day CGi Fests.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
I feel as strongly as the most ecstatic reviewers here that this is a fine adventure film. But at the same time I have to qualify that by noting that this is a classic adventure film and that many viewers are disappointed in it online. I think decades of Indiana Jones (for... See more
I feel as strongly as the most ecstatic reviewers here that this is a fine adventure film. But at the same time I have to qualify that by noting that this is a classic adventure film and that many viewers are disappointed in it online. I think decades of Indiana Jones (for which this film was a kind of spiritual prototype) not to mention every other adventure, Sci-Fi and Young Adult Fiction film have trained audiences to expect the most spectacular and impossible events, bigger than life, aided by computer generated effects. In King Solomon''s Mines the thrills and events are merely life-size, which on screen from the perspective of today, looks pretty small. But remember, it only takes one lion or even an angry dog to totally ruin your day.

This film was its own spectacle when it first came out in 1950, unfortunately just before the advent of CinemaScope which is why it isn''t even shown on television that often. It did have every other new element that the studios were jumping on to get people away from those pesky new televisions that were decimating the box office. It was in color. It was shot on location in Africa. All the nature and animal footage was shot for this film and became stock footage for other films for the next two decades. Great respect was shown to period detail. Actual Africans were hired to play Africans including the first tie the Watusi tribe ever allowed films to be made of them. This includes some authentic chanting and dances which I am happy to say are included in Amazon''s streamed version of the film. In some TV, video and DVD versions these were cut.
Top actors were hired for the principal cast including an up and coming Stuart Grainger and already established Deborah Kerr. Grainger was a replacement for Errol Flynn who said no when he heard he would have to stay on location in a tent but he was a great fit.

The plot, of a woman and her brother looking for her husband who is missing after a trip to find a treasure in Africa is adequately exploredand I''m sure gone into in detail in other reviews here. The dangers from a charging rhino, a stampeding mass of savanna animals, a spider, a leopard, the desertion of the group by bearers and the appearance of a hostile tribe, were enough to kill anyone in 1897 when the film is set, and to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. But this is just where the problems come in. Younger viewers and even those not so young are going to say "Ho-hum" to all of this because they''ve seen such exaggerated adventures on giant screens today.

Even the love interest is underplayed in retrospect and at the end of the film after a climactic battle, everyone just quietly walks away. It''s nothing like the way films are made today, which would have required a smash-bang ending, but it''s worthwhile all the same. It''s a great movie if you give it a chance.
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Gary W. Phelps
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King Solomon''s Mines
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016
There have been several movies since 1950, about Allan Quartermain and King Solomon''s Mines - and predates Indiana Jones''s search for the Lost Ark. None compare with the original with the stars Steward Granger as Quartermain, and Debra Kerr as the English Lady who hires... See more
There have been several movies since 1950, about Allan Quartermain and King Solomon''s Mines - and predates Indiana Jones''s search for the Lost Ark. None compare with the original with the stars Steward Granger as Quartermain, and Debra Kerr as the English Lady who hires him to find her missing husband. This film was produced in Africa when there was a Belgian Congo, and Kenya was a Protectorate. This classic portrays the Native populations as they really existed in the savannahs and mountains of remote regions. In addition, actual wildlife in the real habitats were instructive about the adventure - and dangers - any expedition faced in that time and period. There is an ancient text Biblical Scholars refer to as the Kebra Nagast, that speaks of uncut diamonds in King Solomon''s Mines and the Ark of the Covenant in the land of Saba or Askum that hints at King Solomon the Jew. Of course those legends are not proved. Nevertheless there is the sense of adventure and spectacle about untamed Africa and African tribes in this movie. Five gold stars rating for excellent family viewing with a great deal to learn what great legends are made of.
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Tom Leoni
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KSMINO - King Solomon''s Mines In Name Only (or mostly)
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
Let me preface this review by stating that I am not, most emphatically NOT one of those who usually compares books and movies. Each of them needs to stand on its own as its own art-form, not with one being the commentary of the other. However, this case is somewhat... See more
Let me preface this review by stating that I am not, most emphatically NOT one of those who usually compares books and movies. Each of them needs to stand on its own as its own art-form, not with one being the commentary of the other. However, this case is somewhat different since Rider Haggard''s novel is such a widely-read classic, with the distinction of being the first in the Lost World genre, as well as a story that doesn''t need improving or changing so drastically.

The original is a story of gentlemanly faith, of the value of a man''s word given, and of respect among races. This, much more than the plot, is what has made it such an undying classic. A story of archetypes spanning across cultures and geography. And Haggard was such a fine "psychologist" that no less than Carl Jung praised characters he had created in his novels. In the original, a group of three English gentlemen, each with his very distinct personality, embark upon an adventure to a lost world. Along the way, they employ a mysterious black native as their servant, but by the end he reveals himself to be (and to act perfectly like) the long-lost king of the realm they eventually find. The riches they were seeking end up fading in the background compared to the heroic and therefore timeless message of the book. The only two female characters (by far secondary) are an old evil witch and a young native girl who sacrifices herself for one of the heroes--again, archetypes, which are really the uniting thread of that excellent novel.

As high as its production value undoubtedly is, this 1950s movie is a total bastardization of the novel, to the point that besides the title, only the most superficial landmarks of Haggard''s story-line are recognizable. Rather than being a story about gentlemen, they decided to "improve" upon Haggard''s story by making it yet another gynecocentric flick. Thus they invent a female hero counterpart--the stock character of the overly-groomed petticoat going through the predictable taming-of-the-shrew routine under the patronizing care of the male hero. As the centerpiece of the first half of the movie, she gets saved from spiders, crocs, big cats, and God knows how many other creatures as she bungles her way into the African wilderness and as her huffing and scolding gradually fades into saccharine docility (but of course).

The long-awaited black king-to-be is a Giacometti-like Masai beanpole with zero speaking role and with all the personality and royal bearing of those coconut vendors you find in the Summer on the beaches of Europe. A far cry from the eloquent, noble, statuesque Zulu warrior he should have been. If this weren''t enough, he gets treated with visible scorn and condescension by the main character--perhaps the worst point in this non-remake remake, as in the book the spiritual (read: EQUAL) kinship formed between him and the main English characters is perhaps the defining moment in the story.

So, here''s the bottom line for me. As someone who has read the book, this was a total disappointment. As someone who can easily detach himself from the book and try and enjoy the movie as a standalone piece of art, this was also a disappointment. A yawn-inducing, predictable story of an overly-put-together haughty blonde becoming putty in the hands of a brooding Jungle Jim, which is a variation of a theme done to death in American Westerns and adventure movies until (God bless him forever) Sergio Leone changed it all in the 1960s.

At least the best spoof of such a story, Crocodile Dundee, has humor in it.
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Paul S. Person
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
More Authentic Than The 1937 Film (in Some Ways)
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
I actually saw this /before/ I saw the 1937 version. This is a version of the HR Haggard novel, with a female character added after the manner of movies made from books with entirely male characters. Such is life. The interesting thing here is that the African... See more
I actually saw this /before/ I saw the 1937 version.
This is a version of the HR Haggard novel, with a female character added after the manner of movies made from books with entirely male characters. Such is life.
The interesting thing here is that the African characters are /played/ by African characters and, yes, they /are/ very tall (seven feet is the claim). Also, Umbopa''s royal tattoo is /much/ more impressive than in the older film.
The trailer claims that the final one-on-one fight is "real". Since this was made in 1950, I think we can rule out "real" as opposed to "CGI", but surely it doesn''t mean that the actor playing Twala actually /died/. That would, I would hope, have been a bit much, even in British Africa.
This pretty much has to be the one I have remembered all these years, although how that could be when I turned 4 the year it was released and I remember it in color (our TV was B&W) is hard to say. Perhaps it was re-released at some point.
Highly recommended, BTW.
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Kevin N. Schwinkendorf
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Classic African Safari Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr star in this classic (1950) African safari adventure. When an English woman (Deborah Kerr) comes to Allan Quartermain (Stewart Granger), an African professional hunter (PH), to charter a safari into uncharted territory to search for her... See more
Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr star in this classic (1950) African safari adventure. When an English woman (Deborah Kerr) comes to Allan Quartermain (Stewart Granger), an African professional hunter (PH), to charter a safari into uncharted territory to search for her missing husband, Quartermain at first refuses, but is eventually convinced to go (everyone has their price). What she has is a map, which supposedly shows the location of King Solomon''s diamond mines. Filmed entirely on location in Africa, their safari (Swahili for "great journey") does eventually find what they were looking for, but with some twists along the way. Highly recommended for any collector of classic African adventure stories.
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redshift
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WHY THIS PARTICULAR CLASSIC MOVIE- IS NOT!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2021
Let me be clear, I love pretty much all genres of classic cinema; even film noir where everyone is flawed, violent, evil, and corrupt ...you get the idea. But, any movie depicting violence & abuse towards animals, children or any innocent creature just ruins... See more
Let me be clear, I love pretty much all genres of classic cinema; even film noir where everyone is flawed,
violent, evil, and corrupt ...you get the idea.

But, any movie depicting violence & abuse towards animals, children or any innocent creature just ruins my day! It''s depressing and that becomes refractory when you think about the volume of movies depicting this.

King Solomon''s Mines, made in 1950 is not film noir, but it is an MGM technicolor adventure film adaption
of an 1885 novel written by Henry Rider Haggard featuring many a flawed character! Back in those good old days when elephants were not shot with film but with a the.450 Black Powder Express, predating the Nitro Express ( BIG a#s guns), just because they stomped around a bit to let you know they were guarding their lady & baby elephants; their families!!!

Frankly, I wish the movie industry would leave animals out of their films or if it''s absolutely necessary to the plot use CGI (visual special effects), which are now so amazing & realistic & probably a lot less hassle to work with.
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1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Sickening opening.
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2021
It''s probably a pretty ok movie. I thought it would be like an early "Indiana Jones". Maybe it was, I will never know. I was shocked and sickened by the senseless "real" killing of a beautiful elephant in the opening seconds. That was it for me. Turned it off.... See more
It''s probably a pretty ok movie. I thought it would be like an early "Indiana Jones". Maybe it was, I will never know.
I was shocked and sickened by the senseless "real" killing of a beautiful elephant in the opening seconds. That was it for me. Turned it off.
Yes, I know, It was 70 years ago and people were not so sensitive, imagining the supply of great and intelligent creatures was inexhaustible. Which is still no excuse. Anyhow, that was too much for me, lost all appetite for my dinner.
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Leo Hott
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The best color version of H.Rider Haggard''s classic novel of them all!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2014
I would almost have to say this is the gold standard by which all other "Allan Quartermain", "King Solomon''s Mines" movies be compared to. H. Rider Haggards character is played to perfection by Stewart Granger & this movie is as close to the book as any other movie based... See more
I would almost have to say this is the gold standard by which all other "Allan Quartermain", "King Solomon''s Mines" movies be compared to. H. Rider Haggards character is played to perfection by Stewart Granger & this movie is as close to the book as any other movie based on this book has been. I own several other version''s of this story but this is the best of them all!!! The late 70''s early 80''s version''s with Richard Chamberlin & Sharon Stone are tongue in cheek & fun but this is the movie all H. Rider Haggard fans will want. The Hallmark attempt was good but Patrick Swayze did a great job but Allan Quartermain was British not American & Patrick was smart enough not to try & pull of a English accent. I own 5 out of the 6 version''s of this movie I have seen & while the 2cnd Richard Chamberlin movie is just a Allen Quartermain adventure & another is far removed from the novel, this is hands down the best of them all!!! Because it has it all great acting, stunning cinematography & beautiful color!! Lot''s of Flora & Fauna showing the great variance''s of the African landscape! So if you are looking for the best color movie portraying H. Rider Haggard''s classic novel look no further than this movie!! I just saw the 1937 B/W version starring Sir Cedric Hardwick & I think that is the best portrayal of Allan Quartermain as described by the novel.
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A. Feathered-Quill
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
They don''t make ''em like this anymore!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2014
I lover this film and have been meaning to add it to my collection for some time but I have observed that Stuart Granger movies have been priced quite highly! The scene which I particularly like is when Deborah Kerr decides to cut her hair off and wash it under a...See more
I lover this film and have been meaning to add it to my collection for some time but I have observed that Stuart Granger movies have been priced quite highly! The scene which I particularly like is when Deborah Kerr decides to cut her hair off and wash it under a waterfall....hilarious!.....considering she''s in the middle of nowhere her hair looks like she just walked out of Vidal Sasoon''s salon! A great movie, I just love the real ''Hollywood stars''......no harm in a bit of romance from time to time :)
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V. Paynter
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King Solomon''s Mines (Las Minas Del Rey...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2016
King Solomon''s Mines - Stewart Granger, a classic of a film. I enjoyed as a young lad, now retired still enjoy just as much. Although the title is in Spanish on the sleeve, it is in fact English. It would take a great deal of thought for anybody trying to do a remake, that...See more
King Solomon''s Mines - Stewart Granger, a classic of a film. I enjoyed as a young lad, now retired still enjoy just as much. Although the title is in Spanish on the sleeve, it is in fact English. It would take a great deal of thought for anybody trying to do a remake, that would compete with this one. And attempts have been made, the tongue in cheek variety.
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Nanette G.
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Please buy it, it''s an experience.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2021
A golden oldie. Stewart Granger at his gorgeous best. More for the ladies, one of the first "chickflicks"
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This has to be my favourite film!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 13, 2007
Stuart Granger plays the hunter Allen Quartermain. He is asked to take on the task of leading Mrs Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr) on a safari into the unchartedAfrica so that she can find her missing husband Henry. This this respects it is different from the book, which is...See more
Stuart Granger plays the hunter Allen Quartermain. He is asked to take on the task of leading Mrs Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr) on a safari into the unchartedAfrica so that she can find her missing husband Henry. This this respects it is different from the book, which is an all male story. But this film has everything action, great story, super pictures, drama, suspence and so much more. NI now have the region 1 DVD and it is a super print, at last a DVD copy.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2018
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