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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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Cast

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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 BLOOD 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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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

The scene which shows men being thrown to the "crocodiles" - they are really American alligators which have never been native to any part of Africa. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Jungle Book (1994) See more »

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Great, despite absence of Victor Mature
29 June 2000 | by (Maryland, US) – See all my reviews

How can you have a great "swords and sandals" epic without Victor Mature and his gams? Perhaps by casting Joan Collins as a wickedly greedy princess with about a hundred costume changes. What can I say, I love this film. It's not even a guilty pleasure--I'll gladly watch it any Saturday afternoon. It's Hollywood at its best: a movie made just for the sheer enjoyment of watching movies. There's no deeper meaning or social agenda -- it's about a pyramid, an aging Pharaoh, a scheming woman, and a slave winning freedom for his people. What else does any picture need?


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