55 Days at Peking (1963)
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Director: Nicholas Ray
Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson, John Ireland.
Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China. The disparate interests unite for survival.
Lavish costumes, monumental sets and a stirring storyline make this a blockbuster of its time, from the golden age of the large-scale historical epic. The cast is as epic as the film – Charlton Heston the tough hero, David Niven the cool, clever diplomat, Ava Gardner is a beautiful, enigmatic Russian baroness and Flora Robson is regal as the inscrutable Empress.
An unforgettable tale of unparalleled fury, the story of a historic time is brought to life with passion, romance, and violence. The film received two Academy Award nominations for its music and lyrics. It was filmed in Technicolor and Technirama, resulting in crisp, clear dialogue and images.
Duration (mins): 147