On the one hand, the action stuff is surprisingly imaginative and well filmed; on the other, the characters are the usual bunch of self-parodic dodoes that the post-Spielberg action cinema has accustomed us to, so it’s impossible to believe in the situations anyway. A pallid Richard Chamberlain stars as African explorer Allan Quartermain in an adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s often-filmed Victorian boys’ adventure; Sharon Stone is the pert love interest. With John Rhys-Davies and Herbert Lom; J. Lee Thompson, who hasn’t shown this much spunk since The Guns of Navarone, directed.