King Solomon's Mines

1985 PG-13 1h 40m DVD

King Solomon's Mines

1985 PG-13 1h 40m DVD
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Richard Chamberlain (The Thorn Birds) stars in this action adventure as Allan Quatermain, the rough-and-tumble fortune hunter who boldly takes on cannibals, Nazis and big game to rescue an archaeologist who's recently been kidnapped in Africa. Based on the best-selling novel by H. Rider Haggard, this exciting thriller also stars Sharon Stone, before her star-making turn in Basic Instinct, and John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, Herbert Lom, John Rhys-Davies, Ken Gampu, Shaike Ophir, Vincent Van der Byl, June Buthelezi, Sam Williams, Mick Lesley
J. Lee Thompson
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that King Solomon's Mines is one of five remakes of the 1885 novel about exploring as-of-yet-unknown parts of Africa. It clearly spoofs the Indiana Jones franchise that was popular at the time, and as such, it's a nonstop send-up of tribal warfare, colonialism, Nazis, cannibalism, archaeology, and explosions. Though most of the violence leans more toward the cartoonish than the explicit, it's still a relentless gauntlet of guns and knives and occasional bloodshed that's unlikely to appeal to young audiences.

Sexual Content

A man holding two people hostage jokes that he can have sex with either the man or the woman. A man and woman kiss a few times briefly, then passionately as the credits roll.


From the opening scene to the end credits, the movie features nearly nonstop, sustained violence. Though most of it is quite cartoonish and only a handful of instances involve bloodshed, its relentless presence is a defining feature. A man is impaled on a set of spikes, and blood drips from his mouth. Multiple scenes involve punching, kicking, and fighting or people falling from trains, or into traps, or down caves. There are numerous explosions, guns fired, and knives pulled on other people. People are shot at, slapped about, and dragged from trains. Planes crash, and men are thrown into lava, drowned, or buried alive. An alligator eats two people, but only the animal shredding the clothing is shown.


Minor profanity, such as "hell," and insulting or threatening language throughout, such as "fat pig" or threats to torture or "peel off skin inch by inch."

Social Behavior

King Solomon's Mines offers positive messages about honesty, integrity, and following through on one's commitments.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A man smokes a cigar that turns out to be dynamite. A man swigs wine directly from the bottle.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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