King Solomon's Mines
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).
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- J. Lee Thompson
- This movie is
- 1986 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Supporting Actor nominee: Herbert Lom
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it