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55 Days at Peking

A movie directed by Nicholas Ray.

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A Quick Tip by MNeulander

  • Aug 13, 2010
Sometimes a good military leader must be a good diplomat" As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. "55 Days In Peking" is one of the best movies at depicting how good leaders U.S. Marine major Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston, and British Ambassador Sir Arthur Robinson (David Niven), must also often times be good diplomats. Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and tacit support of the Boxers by the Empress of China and her generals. It is not always about defeating an enemy in combat, sometimes one has to use diplomacy to prevent bloodshed. This movie is an excellent portrayal of that lesson.
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Quick Tip by . September 02, 2010
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As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.   "55 Days In Peking" is one of the best movies at depicting how good leaders U.S. Marine major Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston, and British Ambassador Sir Arthur Robinson (David Niven), must also often times be good diplomats.  Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen …
review by . August 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Sometimes a good military leader must be a good diplomat
As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.   "55 Days In Peking" is one of the best movies at depicting how good leaders U.S. Marine major Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston, and British Ambassador Sir Arthur Robinson (David Niven), must also often times be good diplomats.  Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen …
review by . June 27, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Just watched this movie again last night, and it never fails to grab me. 55 DAYS AT PEKING was arguably the best of the star-studded epics churned out by Bronston Studios in the 1960s. This historical adventure takes it's cue from the 55-day siege of Peking during the bloodthirsty Boxer Rebellion.    Charlton Heston and David Niven lead the charge, with Ava Gardner on hand to lend the glamour as a penniless Russian baroness. The movie is also noteworthy for a sweeping Dimitri …
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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In 1900 Peking, Boxer fanatics are encouraged by the Empress to take over the city and besiege the international diplomatic quarter. @Imported from Korea. (Some DVDs Have Korean Description on Cover) @Some DVDs Have Several Languages & Subtitles. @High Quality as USA Products. @All DVDs are Exactly Same as Description. @Language: English @Subtitle: Korean, None
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