MOVIE REVIEW: KING SOLOMON’S MINES (1985)

I grew up in a Cannon Films world. My life revolved around them and I could never get enough. I would always search out films that had the iconic logo on the VHS box and love every minute of them. So many of those films would leave a mark on me, an impression I’ll never let alone. So it’s great to see companies like Olive Films, who still release physical media, to give Cannon Films the respect they deserve when releasing them to Blu-Ray. One such film is the recently released Indiana Jones clone, KING SOLOMON’S MINES starring Richard Chamberlin and Sharon Stone. This was the first film I ever saw alone in a theater and one of the films I consider to be at the forefront of what would later grow into an obsession.

Allen Quartermain (Richard Chamberlain) is a fortune hunter who is hired by Jesse Huston (Sharon Stone) to help find her father who disappeared while in search of the fabled King Solomon’s Mines. They have a map to help lead the way but the problem lies with a German military expedition who are searching for the same thing. Led by Brockner (Herbert Lom) and a Turkish slave trader named Dogati (John Rhys-Davies). It’s a race against time and Quartermain will have to beat them at their own game if he wants to save the father and nab a treasure no one knew existed.

KING SOLOMON’S MINES doesn’t hold up particularly well, in fact, it looked pretty dated when it was originally released in 1985. That doesn’t matter though, this film is really about one thing and one thing only. It’s about having a good time and it doesn’t get much better than this. Director J. Lee Thompson (THE EVIL THAT MEN DO) knows how to deliver fun on a major scale while working with limited resources. Chamberlain is a great hero and seeing a very young Sharon Stone is always a treat. The situations are ridiculous but the real star of this film is the brilliant score by master composer Jerry Goldsmith (POLTERGEIST). Many believe the score is too good for this film (they may be right) but it sets a tone and I could never imagine hearing this music without the images created for this film. Olive Films delivers a beautiful, widescreen disc with no extras. It’s a giant soup pot full of fun and an adventure worth exploring, at least one more time, for nostalgia’s sake. Followed by the sequel ALLEN QUARTERMAIN AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD in 1986.

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