55 Days at Peking (1963)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Gordon, Philip Yordan, Robert Hamer
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On DVD: Feb 28, 2001
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as Maj. Matt Lewis

as Baroness Natalie Iva...

as Sir Arthur Robertson

as Dowager Empress Tzu-...

as Sgt. Harry

as Father de Berne

as Gen. Jung-Lu

as Prince Tuan

as Col. Shiba

as Baron Sergei Ivanoff

as Julliard

as Dr. Steinfeldt

as Lady Sarah Robertson

as Garibaldi

as Major Bobrinski

as Lt. Andy Marshall

as Capt. Hoffman

as Capt. Hanselman

as Spanish Minister

as Hugo Bergmann

as Italian Minister

as Baron von Meck

as Gaumaire

as Capt. Hanley

as Dutch Minister

as Sgt. Britten

as Austrian Minister

as Japanese Minister

as Belgian Minister

as Boxer Chief

as Clergyman

as U.S. Marine

as American Minister
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Critic Reviews for 55 Days at Peking

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Jack Hildyard's photography is excellent, particularly in getting on the big screen the savage attack scenes which take up the major part of the picture.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Top Critic

A magnificent failure.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Nicholas Ray's last commercial film and second blockbuster for Samuel Bronston (after King of Kings) effectively ended his career as a Hollywood director, and the unwieldiness of this spectacular... helps in part to explain why.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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hough ponderous, the film yields plenty of thrills.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lively but overlong adventure picture.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
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Audience Reviews for 55 Days at Peking

A excellent old school movie with Charlton Heston in it, The US Calivery has been sent to China, excellent story line.. Woth 5 stars, short reviews trying to catch up on my reviews from my long absent. 5 Stars. 6-15-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Lavishly produced drama about the Boxer Rebellion in China. What it lacks in historical accuracy it makes up for with the cinematography and art direction. The costumes are fine as well. Charlton Heston does what he usually does, overacts, but at least the rest of the cast is good. It's a bit overlong too.

James Higgins

Good seige movie. The main love interest actually dies! Chuck as a stone-hearted soldier+1000s of crazy Boxers.

Okuz Al-Mkkammani

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