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55 Days at Peking (1963)

 -  Action | Drama | History  -  6 May 1963 (UK)
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China U.S.Army Major Matt Lewis aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Matt Lewis
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Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
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Sir Arthur Robertson
Flora Robson ...
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Sgt. Harry
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Father de Bearn
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Gen. Jung-Lu
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Prince Tuan
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Baron Sergei Ivanoff
Philippe Leroy ...
Julliard
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Dr. Steinfeldt
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Lady Sarah Robertson
Massimo Serato ...
Garibaldi
Jacques Sernas ...
Maj. Bobrinski
Jerome Thor ...
Capt. Andy Marshall
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Storyline

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and tacit support of the Boxers by the Empress of China and her generals. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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A handful of men and women held out against the frenzied hordes of bloodthirsty fanatics!

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

6 May 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fifty Five Days at Peking  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Simon, Moustache and O.E. Hasse were offered key roles. See more »

Goofs

At the end, Maj. Lewis is joined by Sir Arthur on top of the wall. Lewis asks Sir Arthur, "What time is it?" Sir Arthur replies, "5:30 a.m." But the sun is directly overhead. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Matt Lewis: He's a good soldier when he knows what he's fighting for.
Sir Arthur Robertson: It's easy when it's something you can see; a wall, a hill, a river, but how can you explain to them when it's for a principle.
Maj. Matt Lewis: You can't. Not here in China, it's too far from home.
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Soundtracks

So Little Time
(The Peking Theme)
Recorded by Andy Williams on CBS Records
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
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User Reviews

 
55 Days at Peking 2008 compared to 1963
27 September 2008 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I am commenting on the DVD version that I have now and I have not seen since 1963. There is a very big difference as in 1963 not only I was much younger but Cinema has changed. 55 Days was a Large Screen Movie compared with the Ten Commandments, Cleopatra of the same year 1963 and The Sound of Music and many others at that period. In those days of Cinema Hollywood convinced people to go to the Cinema with Movies that are not the same on Black and White TV on Small Screen. Watching it on DVD is not the same. Technirama an Advanced Technicolor, Dolby Stereo not as big as Cinerama. I specifically remember sitting in the cinema and the sound moved behind us. For example the Musical Bands in the opening scenes playing the anthems. About the History of China read the other comments. Still a very exciting Movie where a minority overcomes the Mass's winning at the end. David Niven does an interesting part that reminds me of the Guns of Navarone. Heston and most other actors do it very well too. Nine out of Ten in Sam's Scale.


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