Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold

Richard Chamberlain returns in the sequel to 'King Solomon's Mines'

Adventure Action Comedy
99 min     4.8     1986     USA


After his brother Robeson disappears without a trace while exploring Africa in search of a legendary 'white tribe', Allan Quatermain decides to follow in his footsteps to learn what became of him. Soon after arriving, he discovers the Lost City of Gold, controlled by the evil lord Agon, and mined by his legions of white slaves.


John Chard wrote:
Heaven Help Us! Directed by Gary Nelson, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold re-teams Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone from J. Lee Thomson's 1985 version of King Solomon's Mines, with equally bad results. Based on the creations of H. Rider Haggard, the emergence of Allan Quatermain onto the screen again was a desperate attempt to grab the coat tails of one Indiana Jones' success. Given how bad King Solomon's Mines (1985) was, you would be forgiven for wondering how on earth a sequel was given the go ahead, but this is explained by the fact both films were filmed back to back. More's the pity. Plot has Quartermain and his lady Jesse Huston off on some adventure to find Quartermain's lost brother at the fabled Lost City of Gold. Along for the ride are Umslopogaas (James Earl Jones) an axe wielding warrior, Swarma (Robert Donner) a nutty spiritual guru, and some other no mark plebians. What they find is a whole bunch of trouble via creatures and a despotic high priest (Henry Silva). Action is badly staged, effects work poor, while acting and dialogue is woefully inept (Chamberlain cheese sandwich/Stone shrill/Silva and Donner embarrassing). The best "Z" grade movies have fans and entertain because they know what they are, unfortunately this doesn't, it genuinely thinks it's a great adventure movie. Even the musical score is insulting, credited to Michael Linn, he basically just hacks into Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Mines", and produces a piece that is just two chords away from John Barry's iconic Indiana Jones music. As for the racist undertones... Bad film making. Period. 2/10
Wuchak wrote:
_**Fun sequel with a great cast doesn’t have the same magic**_ Quatermain & Jesse (Richard Chamberlain & Sharon Stone) are about to travel to America to get married when Allan learns that his brother is missing after an expedition. They team-up with a powerful warrior (James Earl Jones) and a spiritual con (Richard Donner) to journey to remote east Africa where they find a lost city of gold. Henry Silva shows up as a malevolent priest while Cassandra Peterson (aka Elivra) plays a dark queen. "Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold" (1986) is the sequel to “King Solomon’s Mines” (1985), both knock-offs of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), but it lacks the magic that made “King Solomon’s Mines” an exhilarating ‘B’ adventure. It has the same fun tone, Chamberlain & Stone, excellent locations and colorful or cheesy props/effects/sets, but it has a different director and cowriter. It’s just nowhere near as compelling and is sometimes tedious. But the notable cast looks like they had fun and you can’t go wrong with the magnificent Cassandra Peterson, who has no lines; she just stands around looking great, albeit angry and mean. Stunning blonde Aileen Marson is also on hand in her one-and-only role. The film runs 1 hour, 39 minutes and was shot in Oudtshoorn, South Africa; Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls); and Laird International Studio, Culver City, California (e.g. river-cave scenes). GRADE: C