Made in 1965 by Hammer Films it’s the most famous of all the adaptations of H. Rider Haggard’s novel. The novel is of course superior and is in my eyes the greatest book ever written. I have to thank the movie for introducing me to that book and to be fair its only 1% off. It begins just after the First World War in Palestine where three soldiers (who actually enjoyed the war) are bored. One night in a club the group’s leader Major Holly (Peter Cushing) and his unpaid Valet Job (Bernard Cribbins) get into a fight whilst the other member Leo Vincey (John Richardson) has, unbeknownst to them, been kidnapped. He is taken to a building where he meets Billali (Christopher lee) and a beautiful queen called Ayesha (Ursula Andress). There he is given a map and set a quest to find the lost city of Kuma, so the three men set off into the desert unawares of the perils that await them...
All round this is a fun, fantastic and rip-roaring adventure for all the family. However I would like to suggest that although the film is rated U in the Britain, a PG rating would suffice more. Several scenes are slightly violent and the ending could be considered frightening to a young child but you see a lot more than this in the average episode of the new series of Doctor Who (2005-)
GORE: nothing more than the average 1960's James Bond movie
NUDITY: brief scene of ursula obviously naked under a bed sheet but you see nothing
OVERALL RATING: underated gem for all the family, 9/10