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Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

 -  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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The barbarous love that left Egypt's great pyramid as its wondrous landmark! 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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2.55 : 1
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The voice of the James Hayter character is dubbed by George Coulouris. See more »

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At the time portrayed, Luxor was known as Thebes. It was many centuries later that the name was changed to the modern Luxor so when, upon hearing of the death of Naila, the Pharaoh said he was going ride into the future. 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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NEVER take this movie seriously
27 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

People sometimes laud movies as "so bad they're good." These movies are watchable, although they do not work in the way they were meant to. In general, I don't like these movies. Enjoying a movie like that requires a very low-brow type of humor, one that I do not have. Some might say that "Land of the Pharoahs" fits into this category, and while I don't recommend it, it's probably the closest I'll come to enjoying a movie in this way.

"Land of the Pharoahs" is like a movie what has everything going for it, but the result turns out to be just really generic. In this way, it's like Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," although this is somewhat more enjoyable because there is no possible way anyone could take it seriously.

The Pharoah Khufu (Jack Hawkins) is in the process of building his pyramid, which his body will rest for eternity after his death. But Khufu's new wife, Princess Nellifer (Joan Collins) may be planning to get Khufu to enter his pyramid sooner than expected.

This is a B-movie. Clearly Howard Hawks did not mean it as such, but that's what came out. For all the spectacle of the film, it's rather sad that not much attention was paid to the stuff that actually makes the grand images worth looking at (you know, like a good script and actors who have talent). Quite an eerie predictor of what today's Hollywood is like.

The acting is not memorable. No one is good or bad enough to warrant mention. The story could have used a little more inventiveness. By their nature, epics are meant to be grand and bombastic, and too much going on can hinder this effect. However, the opposite is true. The story is so simple that it's actually a little boring.

I love Ancient Egypt, so I thought this movie would be right up my alley. But unless you're a die-hard Ancient Egypt fan (or of grand Hollywood epics, which I wouldn't use to describe this movie), skip it. If you must watch it (and can find it), watch it late at night. Only then will you get at least some enjoyment out of it (if you haven't fallen asleep by the end).


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