55 Days at Peking

55 Days at Peking

Charlton Heston
Director: Nicholas Ray Cast: Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
, David Niven
David Niven
Nicholas Ray


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Samuel Bronston produced this extravagant blockbuster, shot in Super Technirama 70. Nominally directed by Nicholas Ray (who makes a brief appearance as the U.S. ambassador), Ray was taken off the film and replaced by the more pliable directorial touches of Andrew Marton. Charlton Heston stars as Maj. Matt Lewis, the leader of an army of multinational soldiers who head to Peking during the infamous Boxer Rebellion of 1900. As the film unfolds, the foreign embassies in Peking are being held in a grip of terror as the Boxers set about massacring Christians in an anti-Christian nationalistic fever. Inside the besieged compound, the finicky British ambassador (David Niven) gathers the beleaguered ambassadors into a defensive formation. Included in the group of high-level dignitaries is a sultry Russian Baroness (Ava Gardner) who takes a shine to Lewis upon his arrival at the embassy compound with his group of soldiers. As Lewis and the group conserve food and water and try to save some hungry children, they await the arrival of expected reinforcements, but the tricky Chinese Empress Tzu Hsi (Flora Robson) is, in the meantime, plotting with the Boxers to break the siege at the compound with the aid of Chinese recruits.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/30/2003
UPC: 4897007038121
Original Release: 1963
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 5,402

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Maj. Matt Lewis
Ava Gardner Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
David Niven Sir Arthur Robinson
Flora Robson Dowager Empress Tsu Hzi
John Ireland Sergeant Harry
Harry Andrews Father de Bearn
Leo Genn Gen. Jung-Lu
Robert Helpmann Prince Tuan
Ichizo Itami Col. Shiba
Kurt Kasznar Baron Sergei Ivanoff
Philippe Leroy Julliard
Paul Lukas Dr. Steinfeldt
Lynne Sue Moon Teresa
Elizabeth Sellars Lady Sarah Robertson
Massimo Serato Garibaldi
Jacques Sernas Maj. Bobrinski
Jerome Thor Lt. Andy Marshall
Geoffrey Bayldon Smythe
Joseph Furst Capt. Hanselman
Walter Gotell Capt. Hoffman
Alfred Lynch Gerald
Alfredo Mayo Spanish Minister
Martin Miller Hugo Bergmann
José Nieto Italian Minister
Eric Pohlmann Baron von Meck
Aram Stephan Gaumaire
Robert Urquhart Capt. Hanley
R.S.M. Brittain Sgt. Britten
Felix Defauce Dutch Minister
Andre Eszterhazy Austrian Minister
Carlos Casaravilla Japanese Minister
Fernando Sancho Belgian Minister
Michael Chow Chiang
Mitchell Kowal U.S. Marine
Andy Ho Actor
John Moulder-Brown Actor
Stephen Young Actor
John A. Tinn Actor
Mervyn Johns Clergyman
Nicholas Ray American Minister
George Wang Boxer Chief

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Manuel Berenguer Cinematographer
Samuel Bronston Producer
Veniero Colasanti Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Gordon Screenwriter
Robert Hamer Screenwriter
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Robert Lawrence Editor
John J. Moore Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
José Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Maude Spector Casting
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Mario Van Riel Makeup
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects
Philip Yordan Screenwriter

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