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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 »
User Reviews:
Spectacular movie about ancient Egypt history based on historic events 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)
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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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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
In a publicity press book for 20th Century-Fox's new CinemaScope projects for 1954, the cast of this film was headed by Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. Brando dropped out at the last minute.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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Referenced in The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Bella Darvi---Was She Suppose to Star With Brando in "Desiree"?
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John Cassavetes---Was He Tested for "The Egyptian"?
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular movie about ancient Egypt history based on historic events, 7 July 2005
Author: ma-cortes

The picture narrates upon Sinuhe the Egyptian (Edmund Purdom) who works as a medic for paupers and hapless . He meets a good woman (a gorgeous Jean Simmons) and a bad woman called Nefer (a femme fatale Bella Darvi ; Marilyn Monroe lobbied hard to play her , but Darryl F. Zanuck had earmarked the role for his then-mistress Darvi) and an one-eyed , rascally servant (Peter Ustinov). After this , the physician saves and heals pharaoh Amenophis IV (Michael Wilding) from a lion and is appointed as a royal healer . In the palace court from Thebas happens various intrigues with the Pharaoh's sister (Gene Tierney) and the general Horemheb (Victor Mature)and the priest (Henry Daniel) , follower of ¨Amon Ra¨. As Akhenaten tried to bring about a departure from traditional religion, yet in the end it would not be accepted . After his death, traditional religious practice was gradually restored .

The film is partially based on historic deeds and loosely based on Mika Waltari's novel . It's a slice of ancient history set in 1300 B.C and the 18th dynasty : Amenophis IV (son of great pharaoh AmenophisIII) is known as Akenaton , he was proclaimed maximum priest imposing a sole and only God , Aton (the sun God) pitting to priests worshipping Amon-Ra . Amenophis created a new city (called Ajetaton or Amarna). He was married to Nefertiti and would born Tutankhamon but Horemheb rules over and is proclaimed pharaoh . There is an Italian version about similar events titled ¨Nefertiti queen of Nilo , 1961¨ (by director Fernando Cerchio with Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price) but with lack luster and lesser budget . This adaptation by Michael Curtiz is much better with an impressive control of the crowd and scenarios . The musical score from Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann , two greatest cinema musicians is extraordinary with romantic and spiritual chores score . Leon Shamroy's spellbound color cinematography ensure the glimmer spectacle . The casting is of first range , they are mightier than the movie . At a cost of $5 million, the film took two years to research , the designers ultimately cataloging five million items of clothing and properties . As set design , gowns , and production are breathtaking . After shooting was completed, Fox made back some of the film's immense cost by selling many of the set pieces, props and costumes to Paramount, which then employed them in an even bigger epic, Cecil B. DeMille's Ten Commandments . The motion picture will appeal to historical epics buffs. Rating : Good . Well worth watching .

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