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Plot: After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba. Runtime: 141 mins Release Date: 25 Dec 1959
tyrone power died in spain when he was filmig "Solomon adn sheba ".He was replaced by Yul brynner . The movie wast the last Vidor´s work. Solomon and sheba is a very beauty film, with great scenes, romantic and epic . King Vidor, one of the greatest directors of all times uses a very interesting theme : the fight between good and evil, the love and the passion .fernando alonso barahonaauthor of "King Vidor " , among many more books about cinema in spain .
Solomon and Sheba a truly great film (by lorddoctorray)
A previous reviewer states that this film IS historically inaccurate. You CANNOT make such a daft statement. We're talking about ancient history here where they are few if any contemporary writings and witnesses etc so NO ONE knows exactly what happened. Anyway does it really matter? A film should be watched and enjoyed for its entertainment value NOT its historic accuracy.I personally love this film. I love any film about ancient history and cultures. This film was made in 1959 when Hollywood still knew how to make great biblical epics. The scene where the Egyptian army is destroyed by <more>
the Israelites using their highly polished shields is sheer brilliance!Yul Brynner was brought in to replace Tyrone Power who died 3 day into filming, and here gives one of his best ever performances. Gina Lollobrigida is beautiful and seductive as the Queen of Sheba.I give this film 9 out of 10.
Kind Vidor's last movie is worth a look. (by raskimono)
A heavy budget, a star that died with 75% of the movie completed. Recipe for disaster right, not in this case as Yul Brynner, the "great bald one" as he was known , except with hair here makes a convincing Solomon and Vidor scores in his direction. This movie sets itself up from the beginning as the story of two brothers and a case for redemption for that is what this movie is about. Solomon as everyone, Christian or not knows was wise as the common adage states. He inherited the Kingdom of Israel from his father as chosen by God to replace his older brother, the warrior played by <more>
the great supporting and sometimes leading man George Sanders in one his nefarious performances. Solomon prays for wisdom which God grants him and Israel prospers. Neighbors become jealous and scared as a redeemed Sanders courtesy of Brynner builds Israel's army to a sizable number. They also fear their teachings of equality to all men and their notion of One God. Sheba is sent or chooses to tempt Solomon with riveting consequences. The problem with these movies in our modern eyes is that the writers have them talk in the way texts and related scriblings depicted dialogue back then which is as poetry with innuendoes and rhyme. This today is often seen as camp, such the case of recent Swords and Sandals like Gladiator avoiding these dialogue. The movie also bears a certain resemblance to De Mille's classic Samson and Delilah which kickstarted the whole genre. That said, a "Shield of light" action sequence is worth a look to see how it was staged and shot. Gina Lollobrigida is absolutely stunningly photographed and the performance is quite good. All in the one, one of the master's last can be your first intro into his ouevre.
HinoSenshi's Review of An Excellent Time-Waster.....With A Little Sex Thrown In! (by xjadx_hinosenshi)
Holy Cow! I watched "Solomon and Sheba" the other day on TCM, and I totally LOVED it! It is very Biblically inaccurate there was NOTHING between Solomon and the queen of Sheba, just a conversation! , but a lot of fun!Yul Brynner is one of my favorite actors to watch on screen; he is sexy, charismatic, over the top, and has that whacked out ambiguous accent. His ability to believably play just about any nationality and role is very evident in his role as the Hebrew king in this film; even though he seems a little out of place. I wonder why they chose him to replace Tyrone Power? Is <more>
it just me, or did he never smile in this or any other movie? Sexy!!!!!Gina Lollobrigia is waaaaaaaaaay hot in this movie! As the erotically inclined, temptress queen, she heats up the screen and blows everyone else out of the water! She and Brynner look very good together, and their love scenes are some of the HOTTEST I've seen in a 50's movie especially the incredible steamy one at the pagan orgy-WOW! ! Gina has Vulcan eyebrows! I've never seen her in anything else, but I hope I can! She's as va-va-voom as Sophia Loren!Other than these two hot actors, everybody else in the movie SUCKS. George Sanders is like a dull imitation of a villain-yawn! I got bored with the overlong battle scenes, most of which had no Historical basis at all! Errrrrggh!Overall, I give "Solomon and Sheba" an 8 out of 10, it should be a 6 but the sexiness and eroticism of the love story brings it up to an 8. If you like pointless epics with some sexuality thrown in, then I definitely recommend this movie to you. It is a great way to waste a boring afternoon alone!
A Lesser Known Hollywood Bible Epic (by FloatingOpera7)
Though never up to paar with its predecessor, The Ten Commandments, this film has its moments and its low points. Yul Brynner as King Solomon is an attempt to portray him a conflicted and complex ruler, as well as a dramatic vehicle for Brynner who had earlier appeared as the evil Pharaoh Ramses in The Ten Commandments opposite Charleton Heston's Moses. That film appears on TV every Easter and is the superior movie. This movie suffers of being over-the-top and high-brow while really nothing more than an extended drama about King Solomon and his love for the enemy the Queen of Sheba. The <more>
Biblical account of the Queen of Sheba is brief. She visited King Solomon when she heard of his great wisdom and wealth and gave him gifts. That's it. Apocryphal legends have turned the story around. In other versions, they were lovers and allies. It is also suggested that she was the mysterious Beloved of whom Solomon wrote about in The Song of Solomons. This romance is the focus of this movie. Lush cinematography and cast of thousands. Deserts, palaces, crowd scenes, battles and other such gimmicks were the latest craze in the late 50's to draw people away from the new invention of television and bring them back to the movie palaces and theatres.Gina Lollabrigida, an Italian sex symbol of the 50's, stars as the Queen of Sheba. Though she is lacking dramatic power and her acting sounds like mere poetry and stilted, she truly acts the pagan Queen with much appeal. It is a role that is out of her repertoire. Her scenes with Yul Brynner as Solomon are impressive. Brynner was always criticized for being an actor who looked and sounded serious but was really a ham and old-fashioned Shakespearean kind of actor. The movie is an attempt to reflect the glory of The Ten Commandments but fails to do so. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of Biblical epics on the screen, and there are many, among them King David starring Richard Gere, and several Passion Of The Christ movies, as well as "The Bible..In The Beginning" which covers the accounts of the Flood, Sodoma and Gomorrah and many other tales...then this is the movie for you. It is the kind of movie most appreciated by Christians or biblical scholars.