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55 Days at Peking ()


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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... See more »

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Maj. Matt Lewis
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Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
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Sir Arthur Robertson
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Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi
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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
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Julliard
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Dr. Steinfeldt
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Lady Sarah Robertson
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Garibaldi
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Maj. Bobrinski
Jerome Thor ...
Capt. Andy Marshall
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Smythe
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Capt. Hanselman (as Joseph Furst)
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Capt. Hoffman
Jûzô Itami ...
Col. Shiba (as Ichizo Itami)
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Clergyman
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Spanish Minister
Martin Miller ...
Hugo Bergmann
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Mme Gaumaire
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Italian Minister (as Jose Nieto)
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Baron von Meck
Aram Stephan ...
Gaumaire
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Capt. Hanley
Lynne Sue Moon ...
Teresa
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Old Man (voice)
Lucy Appleby ...
Martha (uncredited)
R.S.M. Brittain ...
Sergeant Major (uncredited)
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Japanese Minister (uncredited)
Michael Chow ...
Chiang (uncredited)
Siu Loi Chow ...
Court Boxer (uncredited)
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Dutch Minister (uncredited)
Andrea Esterhazy ...
Austrian Minister (uncredited)
Andy Ho ...
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Dong Kingman ...
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US Marine (uncredited)
Cheng-Liang Kwan ...
Court Boxer (uncredited)
Soong Ling ...
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Gerald (uncredited)
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Tommy (uncredited)
Enzo Musumeci Greco ...
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Extra (uncredited)
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US Minister (uncredited)
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Boxer (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Spanish Minister (uncredited) (voice)
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Belgian Minister (uncredited)
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Concubine (uncredited)
Mike Steen ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kenji Takaki ...
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John A. Tinn ...
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Guillermo Vera ...
El hombre del carrito (uncredited)
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Boxer Chief (uncredited)
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Court Boxer (uncredited)

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Nicholas Ray
Guy Green ... (uncredited)

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Robert Hamer ... (additional dialogue)
 
Philip Yordan ... (screenplay) and
Bernard Gordon ... (screenplay)
 
Ben Barzman ... () (uncredited)

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Samuel Bronston ... producer
Alan Brown ... associate producer
Michal Waszynski ... executive associate producer (as Michael Waszynski)

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Dimitri Tiomkin

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Jack Hildyard ... director of photography

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Robert Lawrence

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Magdalena Paradell ... assistant to editor

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Maude Spector

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Veniero Colasanti
John Moore

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Veniero Colasanti
John Moore

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Veniero Colasanti
John Moore

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Grazia De Rossi ... hairdresser (as Grazia Di Rossi)
Mario Van Riel ... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

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C.O. Erickson ... executive production manager
Jesús Franco ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Noël Howard ... second unit director (as Noel Howard)
José López Rodero ... assistant director: first unit (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
José María Ochoa ... assistant director: second unit (as Jose Maria Ochoa)
Julio Sempere ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Stanley Detlie ... master of properties
Dong Kingman ... title paintings
Julián Martín ... painter (uncredited)
Vicente Sempere Sempere ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

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Milton C. Burrow ... sound effects editor (as Milton Burrow)
David Hildyard ... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound re-recordist
Otto Snel ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Alex Weldon ... special effects
Antonio Baquero ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

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Jack Cooper ... additional stunts: England (uncredited)
Terry Yorke ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

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Manuel Berenguer ... second unit cameraman
Bruno Pasqualini ... supervising electrician
Gerry Fisher ... camera operator (uncredited)
Federico G. Grau ... still photographer (uncredited)
Douglas Milsome ... clapper loader (uncredited)

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Joe Powell ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gloria Musetta ... head of wardrobe (as Gloria Mussetta)

Music Department

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Richard C. Harris ... music editor (as Richard Harris)
Dimitri Tiomkin ... conductor
Manuel Emanuel ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Samuel Bronston ... presenter
Carl Gibson ... supervising technician
James R. Johnson ... technical advisor (as Col. J.R. Johnson D.S.O. O.B.E. M.C.)
Lucie Lichtig ... continuity
Andrew Marton ... director: second unit operations
Miguel Ángel Bermejo ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A handful of men and women held out against the frenzied hordes of bloodthirsty fanatics! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fifty Five Days at Peking (United States)
  • Les 55 jours de Pékin (France)
  • 55 Tage in Peking (Germany)
  • 55 días en Pekín (Spain)
  • 55 dager i Peking (Norway)
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  • 154 min
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Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In China, at the time working as a professional mining engineer, future President of the United States, Herbert Hoover and his wife were civilians under siege at the foreign legations' compound. The future first Lady, Louise "Lou" Henry Hoover, collected shrapnel from Boxer artillery that is on display at the Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. The Hoovers picked up Mandarin Chinese while in China and used it at the White House when they didn't want to be overheard. See more »
Goofs At the beginning, the German band plays Deutschland Uber Alles, which was not adopted by Germany until after World War I. Germany at that time used the anthem Heil Dir Im Siegerkranz, whose tune is that of God Save The Queen, while Austria-Hungary used the Deutschland tune for its anthem, Gott Erhalte Franz Den Kaiser. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1975). See more »
Soundtracks So Little Time See more »
Quotes Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: You know, I think I'll get you to take me to San Francisco with you.
Maj. Matt Lewis: Oh? Why to San Francisco?
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: Well, isn't that the place where they found all the gold?
[laughs]
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