Fifty Five Days at Peking (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fifty Five Days at Peking (1963)




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Epic retelling of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 China, where an American major leads an army of multinational soldiers as they attempt to protect a besieged government compound against rebels and hold out until reinforcements arrive.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Charlton Heston
as Major Matt Lewis
Ava Gardner
as Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
David Niven
as Sir Arthur Robertson
Flora Robson
as Kaiserin Tzu-Hsi
John Ireland
as Sergeant Harry
Harry Andrews
as Father de Berne
Leo Genn
as Gen. Jung-Lu
Robert Helpmann
as Prince Tuan
Ichizo Itami
as Col. Shiba
Kurt Kasznar
as Baron Sergei Ivanoff
Philippe Leroy
as Julliard
Paul Lukas
as Dr. Steinfeldt
Elizabeth Sellars
as Lady Sarah Robertson
Massimo Serato
as Garibaldi
Jacques Sernas
as Major Bobrinski
Jerome Thor
as Lt. Andy Marshall
Alfred Lynch
as Gerald
Walter Gotell
as Capt. Hoffman
Joseph Fürst
as Capt. Hanselman
Alfredo Mayo
as Spanish Minister
Martin Miller
as Hugo Bergmann
José Nieto
as Italian Minister
Eric Pohlmann
as Baron von Meck
Aram Stephan
as Gaumaire
Robert Urquhart
as Capt. Hanley
Felix Defauce
as Dutch Minister
Andre Eszterhazy
as Austrian Minister
Carlos Casaravilla
as Japanese Minister
Fernando Sancho
as Belgian Minister
George Wang
as Boxer Chief
Mervyn Johns
as Clergyman
Nicholas Ray
as American Minister
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Critic Reviews for Fifty Five Days at Peking

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

hough ponderous, the film yields plenty of thrills.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
TV Guide

Lively but overlong adventure picture.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A jingoistic cartoon.

Full Review… | April 7, 2003

Audience Reviews for Fifty Five Days at Peking

A violent wind of discontent disturbs the land. China is about to get invaded and their invaders use guerilla warfare tactics. The government of China has hit hard times and do not have enough funds to put together a military to defend themselves. An English and British officer join forces to hold off the invaders until additional reinforcements arrive. "He killed himself because I was unfaithful to him." Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause, Party Girl, Johnny Guitar, The Lusty Men, In a Lonely Place, Born to be Bad, and King of Kings, delivers 55 Days of Peking. The storyline for this picture contains some interesting characters placed in a unique setting. The script and acting is above average and the cast includes Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson, John Ireland, and Harry Andrews. "He's a good soldier when he knows what he's fighting for." I came across this some time ago on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to DVR it. This was an interesting picture and I enjoyed watching the story unfold. This isn't perfect and far from a classic, but it's worth seeing once. "He always gives me that feeling that God must be an Englishman." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Pretty good apart from the pro-imperialist message and the use of white guys in atrociously bad and tasteless yellow face.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

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

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Bruce Bruce

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