You hear that sound? That is us scrapping the bottom of the barrel as we wind up our Indiana Jones knock off spectacular. You know things are getting rough when we tackle Canadian Indiana Jones rip-offs! Ha, I kid our loveable friends to the North as they make exploitation movies as good as the rest of us. And while they jumped on the Jones bandwagon rather quickly, this is, sadly, not one of their good exploitation flicks. This made-for-pay TV feature started life as FALCON’S GOLD but then got the decidedly more RAIDERS-ian title of ROBBERS OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN.
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The face of viewers while watching this:
Sorry if that review is a bit long on scene description, but there is really not much to say about this routine flick. Director Bob Schulz was a technical director on '70s sitcoms like GOOD TIMES and THREE’S COMPANY and this is the only feature he ever directed. It is obvious why as this is pretty flat all around. There is just nothing in the way of thrills here. You know you are in trouble when the film’s highlight is a dummy falling from a helicopter during the climax (see pic to the left). The IMDb lists this as being based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but the film itself does not. I can’t find any corresponding story in his bibliography, so I suspect it is an error. The cast is fine but MacCorkindale is an odd choice for the
Jones-esque role. He is verrry British, so much so that I could see Michael York (who MacCorkindale slightly resembles) meeting him and saying, “That is one smarmy sounding bastard.” Guerra, who you might recognize from SANTA SANGRE, delivers the film’s nudity, which is unusual for a TV production (gotta love the open minded countries). Marley is good in his role and it is a hoot seeing him jump into a boxing stance and throw some punches during one of the early fights (see pic below). His stunt double that looks like Alex Trebek circa 1986 then gets some work in. If you haunted video store aisles in the 80s, ROBBERS OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN is one of those titles you probably saw all the time and passed up. You’ve survived this long without seeing it, so no need to see it now. Indiana
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