With its exotic setting, archaeological references, intercultural love story, and many chase scenes, THE SEVENTH COIN aspires to be a low budget INDIANA JONES. But it falls short, offering neither truly inspired spectacle nor a particularly compelling story.
Emil Saber (Peter O'Toole) visits his former colleague in Jerusalem and demands the seventh coin of King Herod to complete his collection. The coins have a terrible legacy--the previous owners of the other six coins all died--and Saber, finding his old acquaintance coinless, adds to it by
strangling the old man.
Meanwhile, Ronnie (Alexandra Powers), a American teenager, has her camera bag snatched while walking through Jerusalem. She runs into the thief, Salim (Navin Chowdhry), and puts up a fight. Salim offers to sell her bag back, and they agree to meet later.
Coincidentally, Salim lives with his grandfather, who once worked with Saber. Saber appears with two goons; they demand the coin and beat the old man. After they leave, he retrieves the coin from its hiding place and places it in the stolen camera bag before dying.
Ronnie and Salim meet, but are interrupted by Saber's goons, who chase them through the deserted streets of the walled city. Ronnie and Salim evade the goons by ducking into sewers and scaling walls, and find themselves growing closer. Romance blossoms for the youngsters, while Saber's goons
meet a grisly fate; their irate boss--now so deluded he thinks he was once Herod--kills them. Saber's trail of death, however, has been uncovered: the police are after him.
Saber begins to stalk his young quarry--who, having discovered the coin in the camera bag, now understand why they are being hunted. He chases them down a crowded market street, into a bathhouse, and out onto the tops of the city walls. As Saber is about to kill them, the police arrive and kill
Though it strives to offer genre entertainment with an exotic twist, THE SEVENTH COIN is contrived and often ridiculous, as when O'Toole plows a chariot through a crowded street, guns ablaze, and draws no attention from the Israeli police. The dialogue is overwrought ("You fiend!" cries Ronnie),
and a supposedly funny subplot involving the Jerusalem Police Chief and his niece, who cracks the case, is so poorly executed that it's painful to watch. Despite Peter O'Toole's entertainingly intense portrait of a deranged killer and the mystical aura of Jerusalem (although most of the scenes
look as though they were shot on sets), THE SEVENTH COIN has little to recommend it. (Graphic violence.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: With its exotic setting, archaeological references, intercultural love story, and many chase scenes, THE SEVENTH COIN aspires to be a low budget INDIANA JONES. But it falls short, offering neither truly inspired spectacle nor a particularly compelling stor… (more)