King Solomon's Mines (1985)

Genres - Adventure, Action  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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As if copping every setting, design detail, and plot element from an Indiana Jones movie were not enough, King Solomon's Mines even steals actor John Rhys-Davies, who plays Indy's recurring pal Sallah -- albeit for the role of a bad guy. Familiarity breeds contempt big time with this cheap and shameless knockoff, in which thinly veiled Indy clone Allan Quatermain (Richard Chamberlain) goes through a B-grade version of the narrow-misses-and-endurance trials experienced by Harrison Ford's charismatic adventurer. Long before she became a star, Sharon Stone plays the whiny Kate Capshaw role from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, making the theft complete. The film is laughably constructed, with set pieces that display an uneasy blend of would-be comedy and thrills. A typical example: When Quatermain and Jessie are about to be eaten by a tribe of cannibalistic natives, they roll down a hill to their escape in the large black pot that was supposed to hold the cooking human stew. While the Indy movies aren't exactly the picture of political correctness in their portrayal of natives, King Solomon's Mines is even more insultingly simplistic in its methodology. The fact that this movie inspired a sequel is almost unfathomable.