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Cairo (1963)

A man called Major is in Cairo after being released from a German Prison. He is there to proceed with his plan to steal the jewelry from the King Tutankhamen exhibit at the national gallery... See full summary »

Director:

Wolf Rilla

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (novel), Joan Scott (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... The Major
Richard Johnson ... Ali
Faten Hamama ... Amina
John Meillon ... Willy
Ahmed Mazhar ... Kerim
Eric Pohlmann ... Nicodemos
Walter Rilla ... Kuchuk
Kamal Al-Shennawi Kamal Al-Shennawi ... Ghattas (as Kamal El Shennawy)
Salah Nazmi Salah Nazmi ... Commandant
Shouweikar ... Marie
Mona Saxena ... Bamba (as Mona)
Abdel Khalek Saleh Abdel Khalek Saleh ... Assistant Minister
Said Abu Bakr Said Abu Bakr ... Osman
Salah Mansour Salah Mansour ... Doctor
Mohamed El Sayed Mohamed El Sayed ... First Officer
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Storyline

A man called Major is in Cairo after being released from a German Prison. He is there to proceed with his plan to steal the jewelry from the King Tutankhamen exhibit at the national gallery. This plan has been on hold since he was jailed. He enlists the help of Willy, Ali, Nicodemos, Kerim and Kuchuk to carry out his detailed 'foolproof' plan. Perhaps the curse of the Pharoahs is more than a superstition because Major soon finds out that while the robbery may be easy, getting out with the jewels may be the hardest part. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Sinners meet in the crossroads of the international underworld! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De Juwelen van de Farao See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

Walter Rilla (Kuchuk) was the father of the director Wolf Rilla. See more »

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Lackluster outing for Sanders et al
26 August 2002 | by digitariaSee all my reviews

A surprisingly unenthusiastic piece, which should be a thriller but manages to seem only to go through the motions.

There is a certain amount of visual excitement and atmosphere in the bazaars of Cairo and the scenes between Sanders and Eric Pohlmann are interesting, but there is a somewhat detached feel to the theft itself, where it should be suspenseful.

Richard Johnson is an extraordinary choice for the part of Arab Ali Hassan. Even in black and white, his appearance is not that of an Arab and his accent is very English.

While not terrible, this film fails to excite much and is probably best ignored unless you have an academic interest.


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