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Director:
Writers:
Philip Dunne (screen play) and
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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 »
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And starring Bella Darvi! 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)
Franco Fantasia ... Hittite Officer (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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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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The voices of the characters played by Mike Mazurki and Leo Gordon were dubbed by other actors for a more classical - and less American-street - quality.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene where Sinuhe buries his parents with the help of the grave robber, they both use a shovel with a metal blade, not wood. Later on in the movie, iron is introduced to the Egyptians.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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Referenced in The Ten Commandments (1956)See more »

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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
And starring Bella Darvi!, 22 May 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Few people realize it, but there was world literature in the ancient world before the Greeks came on the scene. Besides the literary remains that are in the "Old Testament" of the Jews, there were considerable works from Mesopotamia and Egypt. The summit of the former were the religious poetry and "The Epic Of Gilgamesh". The Egyptians produced many poems, but there main addition was a tale of adventure of a traveler and physician called "The Story Of Sinuhe". It is from this work (actually a fragment, that we don't know the ending of) that the novel "The Egyptian" came from.

The story is unique (as is the movie). "The Egyptian" was a best seller in the early 1950s, and Darryl Zanuck decided to take a chance making it: yes he wanted a showcase for his girlfriend Bella Darvi as Nefer, as well as the rest of the cast (Victor Mature, Edmund Purdom, Peter Ustinov, Michael Wilding, and Gene Tierney), but he was aware that these films rarely made large box office. One can chalk up this as an example of Zanuck trying something different.

The number of movies that deal with ancient Egypt are very small. "Land Of The Pharoahs", "The Egyptian", "The Ten Commandments" (both De Mille versions), "Moses", "Holy Moses!", "Cleopatra", "The Mummy" (all versions), "The Scorpion King". If there are 20 films about ancient Egypt it's is tremendous. But "The Egyptian" is unique. While the second "Ten Commandments" discusses Ramses the Great (Pharoah Ramses II - Yul Brynner) and his father Seti I (Cedric Hardwicke), and the films on Cleopatra deal with her, few other names of ancient Egypt crop up in film. Egypt's greatest Pharoah was Thutmose III, who conquered most of the known middle east of the era of 1470 B.C.E. or so. No film about him has appeared, nor of his usurping predecessor, history's first great female ruler Hatschepsut. But the only known Pharoah who attempted a religious revolution that approached what the Jews (and later the Christians) attempted - a type of monotheism - is the subject of "The Egyptian". This is Pharoah Akhnaton.

In reality Akhnaton was practicing a personal form of monotheism that was not meant for public consumption. But it angered the priestly class who worshiped Amon, rather than Aton. Due to our uncertain historic records (although Akhnaton's official records - the "Tel-el-Amana" letters - are quite complete as far as they survive), we do not know if the Pharoah was killed in a palace coup or not. However he died, he was succeeded by a young brother or son of his whose name is better recalled than any other Pharoah except Ramses: Tutankhamon.

This film is actually quite good as far as it goes. Wilding makes a good natured Akhnaton, who is too weak to be as effective as a religious reformer is supposed to be. Mature is good as the ambitious (and - outside the film - ultimately successful future Pharoah) Horemheb. Tierney and Purdom do well in their lead parts and Ustinov is good as Purdom's friend. Also good is Ms Darvi, in a large supporting part. In a wonderful cameo is John Carridine, as a philosophical grave robber. The film is certainly worthy of viewing, as one of the few attempts to show part of the history and culture of Ancient Egypt.

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