Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
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|Allan Quatermain and
the Lost City of Gold
|Directed by||Gary Nelson|
|Produced by||Yoram Globus
|Screenplay by||Gene Quintano
|Based on||Allan Quatermain
by H. Rider Haggard
James Earl Jones
|Music by||Michael Linn|
|Editing by||Gary Griffen
|Distributed by||Cannon Film Distributors
|Release date(s)||January 30, 1987 - USA
December 18, 1986 - West Germany
March 20,1997 - Special Edition
|Running time||99 min.|
|Box office||$3,751,699 (USA) (sub-total)|
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is an adventure movie directed by Gary Nelson and released on January 30, 1987 in the United States. It is loosely based on the novel Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard. It is the sequel to King Solomon's Mines.
The role of Allan Quatermain is reprised by Richard Chamberlain as is that of Jesse Huston by Sharon Stone, who was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Actress" for this role. The movie also starred James Earl Jones as Umslopogaas, Henry Silva as Agon, Aileen Marson as Queen Nyleptha, Cassandra Peterson as Queen Sorais and Chamberlain's real-life partner Martin Rabbett as Robeson Quatermain.
The film was made simultaneously with its predecessor, King Solomon's Mines, although it was released a couple of years later. Despite the tremendous liberties both movies took with the source material, Allan Quatermain was loosely based, mostly, on the book sequel of Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, entitled Allan Quatermain. In that book, which depicts Quatermain's last adventure (although it's just the second in the series of novels), the character and his associates go searching for a lost white tribe in Africa, and end up involved in a war between the rival queens of the kingdom. An opulent set was constructed for the movie just outside Victoria Falls.
To cut costs, the movie score reused material composed by Jerry Goldsmith for the first movie, with just half an hour of original music written by Michael Linn.
After surviving their expedition to King Solomon's Mines, Allan and Jesse have settled down in colonial Africa. They are engaged to be married and Jesse plans that they will travel to America for the wedding. But Allan is restless.
A man chased by two strange masked men emerges from the jungle, and is recognised as one of Quatermain's friends. He is delirious and is cared for by Jesse and Allan, but at night, his pursuers return and kill him.
Before he died, he told Allan that his brother, supposedly lost, is alive, and that they have found the legendary 'Lost City of Gold'. Quatermain immediately starts preparing for an expedition to find his lost brother. Jesse is furious and stalks off, but then realises how important this is to Allan.
Allan and Jesse are assisted by Umslopogaas, a fearless warrior, to put together an expedition. Swarma, a spiritual guru, and five Askari warriors, accompany them. The group crosses the Sahara desert; two Askari are lost when Swarma trips a trap that opens a pit under the road to the city. Another member of the party is lost when savage Esbowe warriors attack the group. Many spears get thrown at Quatermain and his friends, but Umslopogaas deflects most of them by with his giant axe.
Quatermain and his friends indeed discover the city. The inhabitants, both black and white, are friendly, and Allan meets his brother Robeson, seemingly in good health and at peace in the society. The city boasts two queens - white and black - but the real leader is an evil High Priest, Agon, feared by all.
Allan raises the population against Agon, who musters an army to recover the city by force. Allan realises that they can make all the weapons they need out of gold, which is mined by the population. The final battle ends when, atop the temple, during a lightning storm, the gold (in liquid form) flows off the side of the structure and pours over the attacking horde, turning Agon's army into gold statues. How this is possible is left unexplained.
- Richard Chamberlain as Allan Quatermain
- Sharon Stone as Jesse Huston
- James Earl Jones as Umslopogaas
- Henry Silva as Agon
- Robert Donner as Swarma
- Doghmi Larbi as Nasta
- Aileen Marson as Queen Nyleptha
- Cassandra Peterson as Queen Sorais
- Martin Rabbett as Robeson Quatermain
- Emily Eby as Orblah
- Rory Kilalea as Dumont
- Andy Edwards as Stand-in for Richard Chamberlain
MGM released the film on DVD on February 10, 2004. The DVD is currently out-of-print.
- Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold at the Internet Movie Database
- Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold at Box Office Mojo