Alan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold

release year: 1987
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home VHS, 4/18/99
what I expected: Raiders rip-off
what I got: fairly entertaining cheese

synopsis: Adventurer Alan Quatermain must find the fabled Golden City to track down his missing brother.

impressions: It had moments...but once they found the Lost City, it quickly degenerated into cheese. Some of the effects and monsters looked good, while others looked corny. Henry Silva got to ham it up as one of the cheesiest evil high priests in the history of cheesy high priests, and whoever picked out his wig must have been smoking crack.

acting: Richard Chamberlain does a good job, Sharon Stone fluctuates, Henry Silva was (probably intentionally) bad. James Earl Jones actually did the best job, I thought, as a big mean barbarian type who took no shit.

final word: Entertaining, but it could have been so much better.

rating: C

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