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Adventure & Adventurers

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

Director, Lawrence Teague. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focas, Avner Eisenberg, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Holland Taylor. When bored author Joan gets an offer from a certain Omar to come write up his pending coronation, she takes off for the Middle East...and winds up in prison. Meanwhile, her friend Jack decides to hunt down a jewel in Omar's neck of the desert accompanied by his old nemesis Ralph.

Judex: A Serial in Twelve Episodes (France, 1917)

Directed by Louis Feuillade. One of cinema's first 'superheroes,' the mysterious Judex in these early silent films is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid. Disc 1: Prologue -- 1. The mysterious shadow -- 2. The atonement -- 3. The fantastic dog pack -- 4.

Jungle Book (UK, 1942)

Directed by Zoltan Korda. Cast: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Rosemary de Camp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Byrd, John Mather. Kipling's classic menagerie comes to dazzling life in this lush adaptation, featuring Sabu as Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves. He gradually reacclimates himself to civilization with the help of his long-lost mother and a beautiful village girl, whose father is convinced that Mowgli is dangerous. Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. 106 min.

King Solomon's Mines (1950)

Directors, Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore. Filmed in Tanganyika, Uganda Protectorate, Kenya Colony and Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. Adventurer Allan Quatermain is hired by an Englishwoman to lead the hunt for her missing husband who disappeared in an uncharted region of Africa while in search of King Solomon's legendary treasure. Quartermain isn't keen on having a woman on the expedition and he and Elizabeth quarrel regularly, but she and Quatermain eventually fall in love.

King Solomon's Mines (UK, 1937)

Director, Robert Stevenson. Cast: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, Anna Lee. Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See also: Leibfried, Philip.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

Director, Jan De Bont. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Noah Taylor, Ciaran Hinds, Djimon Hounsou, Til Schweiger, Christopher Barrie. Archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft journeys to a temple in Greece, sunken underwater that leads to a sphere that contains the mythical Pandora's Box, only to have it stolen from her by Chen Lo, the leader of a Chinese crime syndicate, who's in league with a villain named Reiss who wants to use the Box as a doomsday weapon.

Last Action Hero (1993)

Director John McTiernan. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Frank McRae, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Mercedes Ruehl, Austin O'Brien. What happens when a magic ticket blasts a 12-year-old boy out of his theater seat into the movie and what happens when the movie hero comes off the cinema screen to become involved in real life? The answers are to be found in this fast-action thriller in which a young boy's movie hero comes to life. 131 min.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Director, David Lean. Cast: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole. The story of T. E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obscurity. Special features (Disc 1): DVD-ROM features: archives of Arabia: historic photographs take you behind the scenes (Pt. 1) ; Journey with Lawrence: Interactive map of the Middle East.

Le Professionnel (France, 1981)

Director, Georges Lautner. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmodo, Cyrielle Claire, Jean Desailly, Marie-Christine Descouard, Elisabeth Margoni, Jean-Louis Richard, Robert Hossein. French secret agent Joss Baumont has been assigned the treacherous task of killing an African president. However, due to a series of drastic political changes, the mission is negated. The tables turned on Baumont when the person responsible for assigning him the task turned him in to the African authorities.

Mogambo (1953)

Directed by John Ford. Cast: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Laurence Naismith, Denis O'Dea. Clark Gable portrays Victor, a safari guide, in this remake of Gable's 1932 "Red Dust". Ava Gardner plays tough-hided, vulnerable Eloise, and Grace Kelly is the prim anthropologist's wife who catches Victor's roving eye. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database