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Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History  |  24 June 1955 (USA)
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A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.

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Alexis Minotis ...
Hamar, the High Priest (as Alex Minotis)
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Luisella Boni ...
Kyra (as Luisa Boni)
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Treneh, the Captain of the Guard
James Hayter ...
Mikka, Vashtar's Servant
Kerima ...
Queen Nailla
Piero Giagnoni ...
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Storyline

In ancient Egypt the Pharaoh Khu-fu is obsessed with acquiring gold and plans to take it all with him into the "second life." To this end he enlists the aid of Vashtar, an architect whose people are enslaved in Egypt. The deal: build a robbery-proof tomb and the enslaved people will be freed. During the years that the pyramid is being built a Cyprian princess becomes the pharaoh's second wife, and she plots to prevent Khufu from taking his treasure with him when he dies .. as well as helping him make the journey early. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Joan Collins in a screen spectacular without equal. See more »

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Drama | History

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Release Date:

24 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,500,000 (USA)
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(optical prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Although the ancient Egyptians did indeed have a close relationship with the Nile Crocodile (which is believed to have included sacrifices and mummification), the reptiles in the film are actually American Alligators. See more »

Goofs

Although the Egyptians did practice ritual sacrifice in the manner shown at the end of the film (in which Nellifer joins her husband's guards in his tomb so she can be with him in the afterlife), they had stopped this practice long before the building of the Great Pyramid. See more »

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[first lines]
Hamar: I, Hamar, Lord High Priest of Egypt, am preparing a chronicle of the reign of Khufu, ruler of Egypt. Word has come that again he has been victorious in the war against our enemies and now Egypt has taken its place as the greatest of all nations in the world! Today, Pharaoh and his armies return.
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Don't Forget the Score!
10 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My rating is about the number of times I saw this movie as a kid.

All the other reviews aside, I wanted to reinforce one aspect of the film that is only mentioned in one other review: the score. Few scores gave me goose pimples as a kid, but this one did. The grandeur of the score exactly matched the vastness of the screen images. The scores of that era were influenced by the fact that Hollywood was still making really fine musicals, so the themes in the scores were memorable. I can still hum the theme today. I know today that these films are regarded as camp and corny, but for a kid growing up in that era, these films transported you to amazing places and times. The music in this film truly enhanced that experience.


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