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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:
Several Strengths Make Up For A Slow Pace 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)
Alfredo 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)
Israel Garcia ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... 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)
Lars Hensen ... 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)
Alice Tissot ... Old Woman Near the House of Death (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)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (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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139 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 13 secondsSee more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the guards holding torches leave the tomb, most of the light, naturally, goes out of the room. However, it is a closed-off tomb. There should be absolutely no light left after they leave, yet we can still clearly see across the room without difficulty.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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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Several Strengths Make Up For A Slow Pace, 15 March 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

"The Egyptian" has several pluses that make up for a rather slow pace. There is plenty to the story, which involves a lot of action as well as some interesting themes, and there is a lot of good scenery and cinematography. Most of the cast is pretty good, and there is an assortment of interesting characters.

The setting in ancient Egypt works well and is used to good effect. It makes for many interesting sights, which are filmed nicely and used well in the story. The plot does a good job of weaving the reign of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who tried to bring monotheism to Egypt, into the lives of the main characters. As the central character, Edmund Purdom is all right, but some of the other characters often command more attention. Victor Mature is particularly convincing as the no-nonsense Horemheb, and Peter Ustinov steals more than one scene as Purdom's assistant.

The only real flaw is the length. While there is plenty to the story, there are times when it moves quite slowly, and it doesn't seem as if it would have been all that hard to shorten some of the scenes. In particular, some of the speeches that summarize the conflict of ideas among the characters would have been more effective if they had not been quite so wordy.

But overall, this is a good movie, and it works pretty well both as a period piece and as a story.

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