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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This takes place during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Walter makes much of the Norman / Saxon rivalry. Edward was named by his father, Henry III, after the last Anglo Saxon king (and his father's favorite saint), Edward the Confessor. King John (1199-1216) is considered to have been the last of the Norman kings. After that, the kings were considered to be English. See more »
The name of the warlord, Bayan, is alternately pronounced "By-an" (the correct pronunciation) and "Bay-an" by different actors throughout the film. See more »
That's the only way you can ever sleep soundly, you know, when your enemy's sleep is eternal.
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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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