🎦 King Solomons Mines" full movie HD download (Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton) - Action, Adventure, Romance. 🎬
King Solomons Mines"
Action, Adventure, Romance
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Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton
Hugo Haas as Van Brun aka Smith
Lowell Gilmore as Eric Masters
Siriaque as Umbopa (as Siriaque of the Watussi Tribe)
Kimursi as Khiva (as Kimursi of the Kipsigi Tribe)
Sekaryongo as Chief Gagool (as Sekaryongo of the Watussi Tribe)
Stewart Granger as Allan Quatermain
Deborah Kerr as Elizabeth Curtis
Richard Carlson as John Goode
Storyline: Guide Allan Quatermain helps a young lady (Beth) find her lost husband somewhere in Africa. It's a spectacular adventure story with romance, because while they fight with wild animals and cannibals, they fall in love. Will they find the lost husband and finish the nice connection?
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The Voyage Only
You need to compare this to "Out of Africa" and "African Queen."

And it compares very poorly indeed. Four-fifths of this is the voyage across Africa with only two purposes: to show off the then novel footage of the place, and to portray the snotty, pretty woman loosening up and falling in love with the manly man. This part is dreary, without charm or rhythm. The only charm you might find is Deborah Kerr who to my mind is rather charming.

At the end, you'll find two rather unrelated sequences. One involves the mine and is staged like a cheap serial from the 30's. The other concerns a contested Watusi kingship. Except for the final spear throw, this is as fine as you get in terms of discovery photography of native people. Sure, it is staged and clean and exploitative, but rewarding non-the less.

Reminds me of a much better film of this native type: "Legong."

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
They Shoot Elephants Don't They?
Deborah Kerr has a hideous wig through the first part of "Solomon's Mines." You know by the time they find the diamonds the wig will be gone. At one point Deborah takes a scissors to it and gives herself a perfect haircut. That was my favorite scene. People in movies can always cut their own hair without it looking like a disaster. I also liked how whenever Deborah screamed Stewart Granger would come running into her tent with his shirt off. Her brother, played Richard Carlson, always had his shirt on, but then he wasn't the romantic lead. Carlson, who was born in Albert Lea Minnesota, didn't attempt to sound the least bit British too. I guess he figured he'd let Granger and Kerr do their thing and stay out of their way. The movie sort of fizzles to a conclusion. It's like everyone forgot that King Solomon's Mines were filled with diamonds.
A good full-color record of now-vanishing African tribal culture & African wildlife
Best thing about this film is the full-color documentation of African culture and wildlife... both of which have been rapidly vanishing due to development & pervasive influence of western values. It feels authentic but it may be inaccurate or Hollywood-ized, I don't know. This was filmed in the twilight of the colonial era (c. 1950) before television (later satellite TV) and western pop culture invaded these areas.

The main characters and plot line are wooden & forgettable... the romantic subplot implausible.

BUT my 3 kids loved it as I fast-forwarded over those parts and just showed them the full-color animal scenes and African village scenes. Some great singing, chanting, and dancing. Some of the mountain and desert scenery was interesting. Something about the way the cannibal tribe sequence was done was really effective and creepy.
A Unique Film is Some Aspects
The MGM 1950 version of King Solomon's Mines is unusual in that it is an adventure story with no musical score whatever, other than some background drums and singing. Having seen it perhaps 15 times in the 1950s, I can say that it was always fresh, and just as scary in the tense parts every time seen on the big screen. The photography is just exceptional. The scenes of unspoiled African countryside in color should be cherished. An unfortunate part is the early scene with the actual shooting of a bull African elephant; but folks didn't know better then. I am pleased that the picture is now available on DVD, though the quality of image isn't perfect.
Still a Treat
I remember the movie played in our little town's premier theatre to considerable fanfare— See Darkest Africa As It Really Is in Dramatic Technicolor!— you know, that sort of thing. In fact it was a treat to see all the wild animals and fearsome natives, plus an exciting adventure story. I expect MGM made back its expenses and then some.

Of course, that was before TV brought the world into living rooms everywhere. The movie may have lost that long ago novelty, but it's still a good story set in what was then colonial Africa, with a first-rate cast, including the exotic Umbopa, the prince in exile. Then there's that thundering stampede whose mighty numbers still impress.

Like many reviewers, I cringe now at the elephant kill. I'm sure I didn't at the time, but then this ecological type change reflects a newer awareness, and one I think for the better. Actually, Quartermain (Stewart) is also bothered by big game kills, one reason he's ready to give up his hunting safaris.

Happily, Stewart's persuasive as the experienced white man, while Kerr does nicely as the British gentlewoman able to adapt her well-bred ways. (However, MGM, ever the glamour studio, refuses to de-glamorize her no matter how rough the going). I do feel a little sorry for tag-along John (Carlson) who, nevertheless, hangs in there. On the other hand, I'm still curious about the van Brun (Haas) role. Was that episode in the book or was it added to diversify and perhaps pad the storyline.

No, those old promotionals about Africa in Color wouldn't work now. But the movie's still an eyeful with a good adventure yarn and a fine cast, and those are film features that do endure.
The location shooting in Africa make this an epic adventure film.
I saw this film when I was ten years old and its impact was deep and lasting. It stemmed less from the story or the acting of the principals as from the environment and context of the film, set as it was in east Africa. I believe this film to be one of the first to be shot virtually entirely on location in Africa, and the results are stunning. Shots of stampedes that are clearly not drawn from stock footage are awesome, but even more gripping are the scenes of the Masai and Kikuyu tribespeople, playing themselves and doing so absolutely unselfconsciously. The tribal dancing of these magnificent people is moving (and at times terrifying). I understand that in filming them it was terrifying for cast and crew as well, for the spearthrowing got out of hand, at one point driving Deborah Kerr up a tree! In any case, this version of "King Solomon's Mines" is one for the ages.
Excellent adventure film.
Slower-paced than "Raiders of the Lost Ark," etc., but it's in that same vein, and I bet Lucas and Spielberg used this as one of their references for those films. Amazing and exotic footage of Africa - the stampede scene contains some of the most remarkable, exhilarating footage I've ever seen.

While the main characters are fairly stereotypical (the aloof hunter/guide who respects the wild more than his clients, the woman whose stubborn determination proves worthy of the guide's respect and love), the plot and especially the action make this an excellent adventure film.
Jimmy Granger - Top Bwana.White Hunter - Good Heart.
Alan Quartermain(Stewart Granger) is a White Hunter.The very term is abhorrent to many people today,but it was a perfectly acceptable profession in colonial Africa.In many ways he is a man ahead of his time.He respects wildlife and will kill only when he is compelled to.He does have rather a paternalistic attitude towards Africans - as was common amongst whites - but he respects and understands their culture. Amongst his contemporaries he is the Bwana di tutti Bwanas,the man with the big rep.When Miss Deborah Kerr's husband disappears it is only natural that she should turn to him for help. Mr Quartermain is no saint,he clearly fancies Miss Kerr from the start and his initial reluctance to set out to find he husband is quickly overcome when she offers him silly money to do the job. He is however a damn good man to have on a safari,handy with a rifle and has a shirt with neat sewed - in belts to keep his bullets and his pipe handy should the need for a shot or a smoke arise. It should come as a surprise to nobody that in the course of an arduous trip where they come across more wildlife than you would see on a good night on BBC 2,they fall in love. Mr Granger grits his teeth a lot and Miss Kerr has a tendency to faint when confronted by anything more aggressive than a Pekingnese but don't let that spoil your enjoyment of a super film. All moral considerations aside,this is a ripping yarn with superb photography,luscious colour,good performances and was influential for a generation of movie makers drawn to a fascinating and mysterious land. "Heart of Darkness" it isn't - nor does it aspire to be. Exciting and entertaining,enthralling and informing it is - and that should be enough for any one movie.
When I was first about to see this movie, I was really excited as I had read the book and considered it to be a real piece of work. However, the movie totally ruined it for me. If the movie had stuck to the book, it would have been great, but nearly all the really cool stuff was replaced with boring garbage.
A terrific film...
This is a fine film, which won Oscars for Best Cinematography & Best Film Editing, it was also nominated for Best Picture. Filmed in spectacular locations/panoramas in an Africa that likely no longer exists with excellent actors and native tribepersons, there is much to appreciate. But despite its story and thrilling moments, it's likely to be a bit slow for the MTV/Attention Deficit Disorder generation/s. The only thing that bothers me about this film -- and it's significant -- is that it does NOT follow the book, which is actually more exciting and interesting even though (or because it's) sans the obligatory formulaic Hollywood-added love interest, which was for purposes of revenue-enhancing demographics, I assume!? It is an excellent family film! But will a writer/director like Peter Jackson PLEASE a film of this BOOK (and its excellent sequel, which has grand dramatic battle sequences, btw!) please!??? Someone mentioned it seemed almost like a documentary. H. Rider Haggard was a British Gov't official in Africa for *many* years, so he knew that of which he wrote, although he obviously romanticized some elements and/or stories (such as "She"). He did for adventure novels what Edgar Allan Poe did for detective novels! And if you do get/choose to read his books, get the UNabridged versions by HIM; some of the editions are truly horrible "translations"!
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