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Director:
Writers:
Philip Dunne (screen play) and
Casey Robinson (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
17 December 1954 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
To Nefer, shameless temptress of Babylon, he surrendered his parents' hope of immortality! See more »
Plot:
In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
An Ancient Saga as Wide as the CinemaScope Screen! See more (64 total) »

Cast

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Jean Simmons ... Merit

Victor Mature ... Horemheb

Gene Tierney ... Baketamon

Michael Wilding ... Akhnaton
Bella Darvi ... Nefer

Peter Ustinov ... Kaptah
Edmund Purdom ... Sinuhe
Judith Evelyn ... Taia

Henry Daniell ... Mekere

John Carradine ... Grave Robber
Carl Benton Reid ... Senmut

Tommy Rettig ... Thoth
Anitra Stevens ... Queen Nefertiti
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Allan ... Student in School of Life (uncredited)
Sharon Jan Altman ... Princess (uncredited)

Michael Ansara ... Hittite Commander (uncredited)
Elizabeth Bartilet ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Bender ... Boy (uncredited)
Sidney Bernstein ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alfred Berumen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Blackman ... Nubian Prince (uncredited)
Geraldine Bogdonovich ... Tavern Waitress (uncredited)
Mario Bramucci ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Esther Brown ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Chester ... Nubian Guard (uncredited)
Michael Cirillo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Angela Clarke ... Kipa (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Patient (uncredited)
Rus Conklin ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Hittite Officer (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Libyan Guard (uncredited)
Carmen De Lavallade ... Egyptian Dancer (uncredited)
James Dime ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted Doner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joan Douglas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Ellis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Evans ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mark Forest ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Otto Forrest ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeanne Gail ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dede Gainor ... Princess (uncredited)
Aurello Galli ... Boy (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Israel García ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John George ... Man in Street (uncredited)
Mimi Gibson ... Princess (uncredited)
Charles Gonzales ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leo Gordon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peggy Gordon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michael Granger ... Officer (uncredited)
Maia Gregory ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Diane Gump ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Yeghishe Harout ... Syrian at Nefer's (uncredited)
Marcoreta Hellman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara James ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... High Priest (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Tyler MacDuff ... Cadet (uncredited)
Michael Macey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Libyan Guard (uncredited)
Donna Martell ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Foreman, House of Death (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Melford ... Priest (uncredited)
Nico Minardos ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Mooney ... Officer (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Max Reid ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilma Reid ... Nefer's Maid (uncredited)
Peter Reynolds ... Sinuhe - Age 10 (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lawrence Ryle ... Priest (uncredited)
Paul Salata ... Egyptian Official (uncredited)
Jack Santoro ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Seal ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Harry Shearer ... Boy (uncredited)
Larry Stanton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Murray Steckler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Saye Sumi ... Nefer's Maid (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Thompson ... Nubian (uncredited)
Bruno VeSota ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Coleen Vico ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Wegner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nancy Westbrook ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Governess (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Philip Dunne (screen play) and
Casey Robinson (screen play)

Mika Waltari (novel)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Dick Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard Kupper .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bert Ross .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
George Cernak .... stunts (uncredited)
George Dockstader .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Granger .... stunts (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Regan .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Stoney .... stunts (uncredited)
Louis Tomei .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty McEwin .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Leo Tover .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Victor Bay .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephen Papich .... choreographer
Elizabeth Riefstahl .... technical advisor
Norman Stuart .... dialogue coach
Frank Inn .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Gertrude Kingston .... research assistant (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... fill-in director (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
139 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Dirk Bogarde turned down the lead role after Marlon Brando bowed out.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Akhnaton was succeeded by Tutankhamen, not Horemheb. Horemheb succeeded Aye, who was the successor of Tutankhamen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sinuhe:[Older Sinuhe voiceover] I, Sinuhe the Egyptian, write this. In my place of exile on the shores of the Red Sea. There is no more desolate spot on earth. Soon the jackals and the vultures will make a poor meal of what is left of me. No monument will mark my resting place. I will leave only this...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) (TV)See more »

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John Cassavetes---Was He Tested for "The Egyptian"?
Who wrote the book this movie is based upon?
Bella Darvi---Was She Suppose to Star With Brando in "Desiree"?
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57 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
An Ancient Saga as Wide as the CinemaScope Screen!, 23 August 2004
Author: Gooper from WA State USA

One of the most pleasurable aspects of movie viewing is to get lost in a film. To have it totally wash over you, so that you absorb it as it is, and thus, experience it to the fullest. Every time I see it, 'The Egyptian' is such a film. Over the years it is a picture critics have loved to hate. Many have thrown darts at its vulnerabilities. But perhaps it is because of the very tone the film brings with it rather than its most obvious characteristics. It is at once forbidding, remote, possibly dangerous; beware of what lies within! The haunting chords of the music, seen over the 20th-Fox logo, usher us into titles of other-worldly turquoise lettering.

Strange! Archaeological! Decadent! It is as if we are descending into some vault of antiquity, wherein might be great treasures, mixed with uncertain hazards. (One might imagine Darryl Zanuck commanding: 'Make it ancient!') Then, what a darkly dramatic story unfolds, all within the same tone set at the start.

Of Hollywood's mid-50s 'Egyptian Trilogy', 'The Ten Commandments' portrayed the civilization's sternness, the phenomenal 'Land of the Pharaohs' its nuts and bolts, while 'The Egyptian' shows it all, from glamour to tragedy, for us to wonder at.

No need to say much about the players here, but I think that, with the passage of time, Bella Darvi is being redeemed. What a perfect face for the role, right out of a Symbolist painting. If her acting does not please some, it might be argued that, in her role as a 'courtesan', she is obviously better in bed than yakking to some poor helpless admirer. I think that Curtiz captured the kinkiness of her sado-masochistic relationship with Edmund Purdom's character with aplomb, censorship being what it was at the time. Sir Peter Ustinov, in his memoirs, was pretty kind to 'The Egyptian', writing that it was 'like being lost in a huge set for 'Aida'. His pronunciation of the word 'beer' I have adopted myself ever after.(One of the film's historically accurate references: the Egyptian's invented beer!) Henry Daniell, egads, what a perfect performance. Gene Tierney, what a screen treasure. Bless DFZ for giving her this 'late' role. C'mon folks, don't be so hard on Victor Mature! He's a cheesemaker's son! Who rose to be pharaoh! Sounds like a peculiarly American opportunity. One of the best moments: John Carradine's existential observations on the sands of time. And Purdom's utterance about dwelling beyond the sunset of the world. If that isn't Grade 'A' epicness, what is?

Of course, along with everything else, the music is sublime. It is frequently noted that Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann created one of the screen's most compelling scores, perfectly harmonious, yet each theme is well developed, with a life of its own. Newman, pressed for time by DFZ, called in Herrmann, someone he could trust implicitly, to take up half the burden.

Benny, not the easiest guy to work with, obviously respected Newman enough to really deliver inspiring music. They alternated cues, an ingenious approach. No spoilers as to who did what here, but Benny brings an edge with him, mysterious, awesome sounds. Alfred brings fulsomeness, longing, poignancy. Both are consummately epic. Even when seen on a squeezed TV print, the effect of seeing the two composers' names side by side in the main credits, which the ultra-wide anamorphic screen could comfortably accommodate, is spine-tingling.

Leon Shamroy, the Dean of CinemaScope, does not let us down here. The lurid greens and moody shadows (probably distortions in all the terrible TV prints I've seen through the years) perfectly accompany the multi-dimensional script (by the great Philip Dunne and WB vet Casey Robinson, whom Curtiz must've brought with him to 20th). How remarkable it is that Shamroy, who was as much of an institution of cinematography at Fox as Newman was with music, would lens 'Cleopatra' a few years later, but in the brighter, sharper images of '60s Todd A-O. These old studio guys are really heroes of mine.

To me, who wants to fret about all the imperfections and criticism opportunities in a picture like this? I'd rather yield entirely to its spell, and dive off into its sea of lavishness, to emerge after the inspiring climax of 'The End' refreshed, moved, and hungry for more.

And yes, we should cry out to 20th-Fox for a DVD release worthy of DFZ's legacy.

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