In the 13th century, Walter of Gurnie, a disinherited Saxon youth, is forced to flee England. With his friend, the master archer Tris, he falls in with the army of the fierce but avuncular General Bayan, and journeys all the way to China, where both men become involved in intrigues in the court of Kublai Khan.Written by
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The idea of hiding gems in the lining of their robes before escaping China is borrowed from the Marco Polo accounts. See more »
It's the 13th Century when our heroes first leave England. Walking through the Arab market, they pass tomatoes for sale, which are later thrown at them by children. Tomatoes are a New World plant, and could not have been found in Old World markets prior to the voyages of Columbus in the 15th century. See more »
At least I'm good enough to know, no war was ever won that was fought in the same way as the war before it.
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This is one of those movies that makes you feel like a 12-year-old sneaking into the local movie palace on a Saturday afternoon.
If you like exotic locales, rousing action, a lot of humor and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, you'll probably enjoy this film as much as I do.
Orson Welles ("Bayan of the Thousand Eyes") is the real star, though Jack Hawkins, as usual, is terrific. This movie is a delight, and it stands the test of time. Best of all, it leaves you with a contented smile on your face.
I rate it a solid 8.5 out of 10.
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