Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone reprise their roles as Alan Quatermain and Jesse Huston in “KING SOLOMON’S MINES”.
This time around, the quest is on to seek out a ‘Utopian’ society that has only been talked about, but never seen, hidden within a ‘lost city of gold’. The ‘lost city’ is in fact just a small white-stucco duplex with three floors and a ‘staircase’ that is supposed to resemble that of a Mayan or Aztec temple and the ‘gold’ is nothing more than a big vat of brown water and tormented slaves dragging around pallets of gold Styrofoam blocks.
The good ‘inhabitants’ of this city are mainly fair-haired white folk with a handful of Africans wearing white robes, held under the tyranny of Henry Silva who is absolutely hilarious portraying a gold-infatuated crackpot who goes by the name of ‘Agon’ while donning ridiculous ceremonial robes and laughable KISS wigs.
Most hilarious are Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira) as Silva’s evil hench-woman and Aileen Marson who spends what little time she has on-screen wearing outfits and hair-styles suitable for an episode of ‘DYNASTY’.
Chamberlain and Stone both know how ridiculous the script is, but make the most out of it with their antics and C-Grade acting methods. It is Silva who actually makes this movie work. His appearance alone is hysterical, the ‘chariot’ scene has to be seen to be believed. Most embarrassing is Robert Donner as ‘Swarma’, a sleazy filthy Indian fakir whose accent is more laughable than Will Ferrell’s in “AUSTIN POWERS” as Mustafa.
A surprising and miscast addition to the series is James Earl Jones as legendary African warrior Umslopogaas (think of Grace Jones in “CONAN THE DESTROYER” as Zula). He has one good scene where he ‘destroys’ a sacrificial table with his axe, and that is about it.
Some other hilarious scenes to look out for would include Chamberlain blowing up a stone bench with a stick of dynamite and Silva being ‘covered’ in gold. Actually, it looks like he gets a bowl of gold porridge dumped on his head, and the next scene he is a gold statue (LMAO!).
Yes, “THE LOST CITY OF GOLD” is a turkey, but it IS darn hilarious! While there are no scenes of John Rhys-Davies spouting hilarious dialog such as, “I shall crush your eye like a grape”, we do have Silva delivering new lines such as “Alle-gleeeee-aaaaah!”. Cirque De Soleil, take a note!
I don’t know why I like this movie so much. I saw it when I was a kid in the 80’s and I laughed till it hurt, and I just watched it again this afternoon and got the same reaction. Trust me, there aren’t too many movies out there that can still make me do that.
While this movie is not as good as “KING SOLOMON’S MINES”, I still enjoyed it all the same. If it weren’t for its dismal performance at the box office, I am sure a third ‘adventure’ would have been created to complete this trilogy, a C-Grade homage to Indiana Jones.
So to all you serious movie buffs out there – this movie is silly and makes no excuses for its actions. Just kick back and enjoy the hilarity, because I can guarantee you that this movie WILL make you laugh!