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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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Her treachery stained every stone of the Pyramid! 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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Throughout the movie, the palace does not appear to be far from the Pyramids. However, in the latter part of the movie, Pharoah Khufu says he is going to ride to Luxor, the location of his palace, from the site of his raid. Luxor is about 400 miles from the Pyramids. At the time of the building of the Pyramids, the capital was at Memphis (near modern-day Cairo). Luxor didn't rise to prominence until several hundred years after the building of the Pyramids. 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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Guilty Pleasure
14 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I know better, I confess I'd rather watch this movie than any number of masterpieces. Jack Hawkins (pharaoh) forces magisterial James Justice (slave Vashtar)to construct an impenetrable pyramid for his cache of loot. Pharaoh runs short of money, forcing subject provinces to cough up the funds to keep the public works project going...the excuse for a breathtaking and youthful Joan Collins to enter the cast, and in short order, to subjugate pharaoh himself. Eternal riches seem rather dull compared to her considerable mortal charms.

All of this takes a back seat to the superb coup de main of the last five minutes when all the characters get their wish--for treasure, for power, and the security of eternity.

The excellent musical score helps.


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