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55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 May 1963 (UK)
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine 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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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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55 Days That Stunned the World! See more »


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6 May 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fifty Five Days at Peking  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1963
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

It was the 20th highest grossing film of 1963. See more »

Goofs

When Maj. Lewis, Robinson and Shiba sneak out to destroy the arsenal during the Chinese victory ceremony, when Shiba runs up the earthwork of the arsenal the ground flexes, revealing it to be hollow. See more »

Quotes

Lady Sarah Robertson: Do you think that if a child dies in a foreign place without ever having seen home that its soul doesn't rest? I think it goes into limbo - an enormous, empty Chinese limbo. And it wanders there, lost and crying...
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Connections

Referenced in Chalk (2006) See more »

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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Good action story
26 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Others have used a fine comb to go over the plot details so I needn't repeat it here. Quite simply, this is an action movie intended to entertain, not educate as some would prefer. One needn't look for drop-by-drop authenticity since purportedly they didn't use a speck of African soil when filming "Casablanca" either, although no one would ever guess it.

I was surprised to note Flora Robson as the Dowager Empress as I felt sure it must have been Gale Sondergaard, being her kind of role. There's a superb cast and well-moving script, some of the mannerisms were overdone but then that's what acting is about at times. It's good entertainment and deserves more than one viewing to absorb it entirely.


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