After doing military service in the Middle East, British archaeologist Holly, his valet and his handsome young friend Leo are spotted in Palestine and approached by a mysterious oriental who identified Leo by his uncanny likeness to the portrait on an ancient coin. An adventurous search for the lost Pharaonic city of Kuma proceeds relying on a recently-acquired map. Their hasty mini-expedition reaches a hidden city where the Hellenistic age is still alive. It is ruled by the supernatural Ayesha, 'She who must be obeyed', who believes Leo is is the reincarnation she waited for all those centuries of Callicrates, a companion of Alexander the Great. She offers him immortality and to share the throne as her eternal love, but it goes tragically wrong...
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE STORY OF THEM ALL...
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Did You Know?
The desert scenes were filmed in Israel. See more
Near the end of the film we see reaction shots of Peter Cushing; his hat either does or doesn't have a dangly bit to one side of it in alternate shots. See more
Is there nothing I will not forgive in you?
Opening credits prologue: PALESTINE 1918 See more
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1994 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video. See more
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