Pic is a remake of Harry Alan Towers’ 1977 film King Solomon’s Treasure, which starred John Colicos as H. Rider Haggard’s adventure hero Allan Quatermain (from the book by that name).
Embarrassing screenplay jettisons Haggard’s enduring fantasy and myth-making in favor of a back-of-the-envelope plotline and anachronistic jokes about Cleveland. Quatermain (Richard Chamberlain) receives a gold piece from a dying man that inspires him to trek to East Africa in search of his brother Robeson (Martin Rabbett). Joining him are his archeologist girlfriend (Sharon Stone) and African warrior (James Earl Jones), a comic relief mystic (Robert Donner camping it up) and five expendable bearers.
After considerable filler, they find the lost race of Phoenicians, ruled by bland beauty contest queen Nyleptha (Aileen Marson).
A poor followup to the same producers’ 1985 King Solomon’s Mines, film relies frequently on a very phony gimmick of a spear-proof tunic and story completely runs out of gas once the heroes arrive at their destination.