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Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 24 June 1955 (USA)
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

Complete credited cast:
... Pharaoh Khufu
... Princess Nellifer
... Senta, Vashtar's Son
Alexis Minotis ... Hamar, the High Priest (as Alex Minotis)
... Vashtar, the Master Architect
Luisella Boni ... Kyra (as Luisa Boni)
... Treneh, The Captain of the Guard
... Mikka, Vashtar's Servant
... Queen Nailla
Piero Giagnoni ... Xenon
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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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Buried Alive! THE CRUEL PHARAOH'S DECREE...FOR HIS WIVES...HIS SLAVES...HIS COURT! See more »


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24 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs  »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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2.55 : 1
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Due to the temperature of Egypt it was customary for women to shave their heads and wear wigs of either human hair or woven wool on fine skull caps. The women did not have lovely flowing hair of their own. See more »

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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 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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