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55 Days at Peking

A movie directed by Nicholas Ray.

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star-studded epic still as enjoyable as it ever was

  • Jun 27, 2009
Rating:
+4
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 Tiomkin musical score, and the amazing paintings of Dong Kingman seen in the opening and closing credits. I'll be looking forward to seeing the film in a newly restored widescreen print as part of the Miriam Collection (like "Fall of the Roman Empire" and "El Cid"). It can't come soon enough!

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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 …
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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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