King Solomon's Mines

2004

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Romance

8
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 45%
IMDb Rating 6 10 2804

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Patrick Swayze as Allan Quatermain
Alison Doody as Elizabeth Maitland
Nick Boraine as Ivan Fleekov
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12hr 0 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Desertman84 7 / 10

Swayze Had A Great Performance

King Solomon's Mines is a two-part TV miniseries that features the late Patrick Swayze as Allan Quartermain (not Quatermain as in the credits) together with Alison Doody. It is the fifth film adaptation of the 1885 novel of the same title by Henry Rider Haggard.

In it,Elizabeth Maitland seeks the services of American safari hunter Allan Quartermain to locate her father,Sam whom apparently was kidnapped by the Kukuanas as he has drawn near to the location of the legendary mines.The Russian Tsar was funding Sam to locate it and then he send his people to put away Quartermain and his men.

Patrick Swayze did a marvelous performance as Allan Quartermain.He definitely was great in it.Despite the fact that it definitely isn't the best film adaptation of Haggard's novel,it manages to be enjoyable and entertaining with his performance alone.

Reviewed by HelenMary 7 / 10

entertaining and exciting, adventurous take on the classic story

Patrick Swayze was perfectly cast for this; outdoorsy, rugged, handsome and clearly physically able. He was very believable as Alan Quatermain and I loved him in this role. His chemistry opposite Alison Doody was great and she is very beautiful and elegant but she remained far too groomed throughout the adventure, which detracted from her believability and she looked too modern although acted the part well. The cinematography was stunning; beautifully filmed on location with convincing sets and village, and the sweeping vistas and scenes added to the overall entertainment of the film/miniseries.

I've watched it a number of times and it never fails to entertain and is enjoyable family viewing. The ensemble cast are all good, especially the actors playing McNabb (Gavin Hood) and Umbopa (Sidede Onyulo), Dr Maitland (John Standing), Twala (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) and the stand out character for me was the beautiful, fey and eldritch Gagool the witchdoctor (Lesedi Mogoathle) who's performance stays in the mind long after the film has finished especially the "Stop breathing" scene. Scary! Swayze really was wonderful in this role, the romance between Quatermain and Elizabeth is perfectly staged - he is a perfect gentleman - and the story, the screenplay, is gripping and exciting. Made for TV as a mini-series it's one of those films that can be watched over and over again and never becomes tired. I recommend it although it is what it is; Indiana Jones/The Librarian type archaeological adventure straight out of a "Hollywood" studio. Old fashioned entertainment.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10

Surprisingly not bad

Not that I was expecting it to be, but sometimes I do get a feeling that although you think you are going to enjoy it that there is a chance you'll be let down. I was pleasantly surprised. Of course it's not perfect, I do think it is too long with a few scenes that drag in pace and some of the supporting cast sport accents and quite badly done ones too. However, it does look great with beautiful scenery and skilled camera work. The soundtrack does give a sense of adventure, without feeling plodding, over-bearing or generic, while the script even with the odd stilted line is witty and the story has the right amounts of suspense and thrills with well choreographed and edited action sequences. Patrick Swayze I was dubious about as this was not the sort of role I associated him with, but he does do credibly. The female lead Alison Doody is beautiful and quite sassy and John Standing and Roy Marsden give solid supporting turns, thankfully not being plagued by the accents issue. So all in all, not bad, could've been better but I can think of worse ways to waste my time. 6.5/10 Bethany Cox

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