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- don letta
Cornel Wilde produced and starred in the quintessential man against nature film The Naked Prey. He realized that to work, this kind of film required a minimum of dialog. Perhaps King Solomon's Mines would have been equally successful had eighty percent of the dull dialog been written out... who knows?...
two films in one
- don letta
One, a brilliant travelogue of Africa. All the colors and mystery are captured in the excellent cinematography, which won a well deserved award.The other film, however is just another artificial me-Tarzan-you-Jane, with poor Richard Carlson, along for the ride.Tiresome and overlong as it stands. Released with added footage of the tribal lore, it would be a documentary to rival the best of them
Mesmerizing African footage
- Karen Ellis
I give this movie five out of five for the most colorful, educational, and spectacular footage of the watusi. The fact that this was filmed on location gives it an authenticity that is recorded in all the reviewers that came before me. Just read below. I Echo their statements.
king Solomon's Mines
- Michael Whitty
The Academy Award cinematography taking in the vistas of Africa gives "king Solomon's Mines" a must-see view. We see "the great white hunter" Stewart Granger as Allan Quartermain being hired by Deborah kerr as Elizabeth Curtis to find her missing husband who was looking for diamond mines said to be connected to king Solomon of the Bible. There is adventure and romance and some great African animal life on this memorable safari as no wonder the photography was given the Oscar. This safari was filmed entirely in Africa giving audiences an education beyond the books.
King Solomon's Mines
An exciting African adventure. Granger is Allan Quartermaine, a rugged game scout who leads Kerr to find a jewel mine deep in the country. Won two Oscars for it's cinematography and film editing; exciting story gloss' over the weak-at-times story. A good film to watch on Saturday mornings. I give it a 3.5/5.
A Good Adventure Film
It is an enjoyable adventure film, beautifully filmed on location in Africa. My only hesitation about these older films that involve live animals, is the near total disregard for their well-being. King Solomon's Mines was filmed long before CGI technology and a film industry standards and practices that now guarantees that animals used in filming are treated well and not harmed. I suspect some of animal killings such as the elephant in the very first scene was very real. Older western genre films routinely killed horses during filming.
A Pretty Good Film
The best part of this film is when they meet the Watusi tribe. I also was impressed with Granger, especially after seeing a couple of his other films. I think he shines here as I could believe he was a guide.
King Solomon's Mines 1950
- Karen Welch
This movie is certainly the best of all the other versions. It holds up today and the use of actual natives so enhances the movie. Interesting and worth one's time. It's one that's in my vault. Karen Welch
Colorful African Locations & People
- Sean Oliver
The actors, plot and story are above average, but not especially noteworthy. It's the cast of African extras vividly filmed in color and live sound on remote locations who steal the show - hands down. We're treated to footage featuring communal singing, drumming and dancing, the magnificent dress and appearance of hunters and warriors, and the odd-looking 'Watusi' tribesmen, rail-thin and seven-feet tall, towering over the actors. I'd imagine this footage was something of a rarity in 1950. Although photojournalists had already shot a fair amount of film featuring people in remote areas, they had to use hand-held 16mm cameras using grainy, low-light, B&W film. They seldom filmed in color, nor could they film using bulky sound equipment. It was too difficult back then.Here, we're fortunate to get both, in high quality, from a time when the inhabitants remained relatively untouched by the encroaching technological world.
Highly enjoyable movie adventure.
When it was released on DVD a few years ago, some people said it was racist. Not sure why, since it starts out showing Quatermain's respect and affection for his native employees and his contempt for white "tourists". Later, as they get further into unknown territory, the superstitious & frightened bearers decamp. Well, that certainly happened in historical times, and there are many contemporary news items about how superstitious people still are in many african countries. So phooey on any accusations of racial insenstivity .For a Hollywood movie, this is an excellent adventure yarn. Stewart Granger is quite a hunk and it is emphasized by having him always with his shirt open and his sleeves rolled up.This is closer to the book than the 1937 version, which bore little resemblance to the novel.It's still not much like the book. There are no women in the original novel, which was more suspenseful, more dangerous and more violent.
King Solomon's Mines
- Bruce C
One of the great "Africa" classics of all time. Some of the earliest color filmof the wildlife and the natives on the great continent. Pairing Stewart Grangerand Deborah Carr created good chemistry for viewers looking for mystery,adventure that builds with each scene. The cast of actors hits the mark. Itsnot over done, nor under done - perhaps is why it is such a classic film. Withtwo Oscars housed and three other nominations truly identifies its worth.
Better than I thought it would be.
- Rachel Masters
When I read about this movie I thought it was going to be overwrought and goofy, and I was determined not to watch it but the other day my Dad happened to catch it on TV at the beginning so I thought why not watch the film. It turns out I really enjoyed this movie and the real treat was that we watched it in HD on TCM. Being filmed on location gives this film awesome cinematograghy and it's cool to see the animals too. There were some things wrong with the movie also, for example:1. Why are all the wild animals antagonizing only Deborah Kerr and no one else? Probably to add drama but they did that too much she was the only one who ran into the scary cretures.2.when a man is helping a woman down from a high place and they accidently bump into each other and come face to face is really used to much in ALL movies its like a cliche or something.3. Sometimes when you get in trouble the best thing to do is to be quiet, not scream. Deborah Kerr was just a little too Dramatic. Don't get me Wrong she is one of my Fav's but since this is one of her first movies I guess it makes sense that she would over do it a little... or maybe alot. over all it was an Ok film.
This is a cut version.
This is one of my all-time favorite films. But this is a cut-for-a-2 hour-TV version. Please try to restore the lost scenes. The original ran closer to 130 minutes. The ending was literally a 'cliff hanger' and extremely suspenseful - here it's been cut to nothing. Also, I believe there were two tribal dance scenes in the original cut. The original cut is a far, far better movie - and would also make a wonderful DVD with the original cut restored.
An absolute jewel of a movie.
Intrigue, adventure, mystery and romance are set against an authentic Africa background with an outstanding cast of characters. The acting is superb, the story line keeps you on edge, and it's a insightful dipiction of Afican life in the late 1800's. Absolutely delightful! One of those movies that makes you dream of going on an African Safari. It is in my movie library and one of my top 10 favorites of all time. Subsequent versions do not even come close.
Great adventure movie
I have not read the book so I don't know how it compares to it. But I loved the movie. There is a lot of adventure in it and the acting is great. If you like adventure movies, you should like this one.
GOES FAR AWAY FROM THE NOVEL
- r s sethi
it was disappointing to see this film which promised much in the earlier scenes. It should have stuck to the original novel as far as possible. The second half of the film was totally unconvincing and a tame thriller as compared to the novel.