An Edwardian archaeologist and two companions stumble upon a lost city in East Africa, run by a beautiful queen whose love holds the promise of immortality.

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

David T. Chantler (screenplay), H. Rider Haggard (based on the famous novel by)
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Complete credited cast:
Ursula Andress ... Ayesha
Peter Cushing ... Holly
Bernard Cribbins ... Job
John Richardson ... Leo
Rosenda Monteros ... Ustane
Christopher Lee ... Billali
André Morell ... Haumeid (as Andre Morell)
Soraya Soraya ... Night Club Dancer (as Soraya)
Julie Mendez Julie Mendez ... Night Club Dancer
Lisa Peake Lisa Peake ... Night Club Dancer
John Maxim John Maxim ... Guard Captain
Cherry Larman Cherry Larman ... Handmaiden
Bula Coleman Bula Coleman ... Handmaiden
Oo-Bla-Da Dancers Oo-Bla-Da Dancers ... Native Dancers
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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... Written by KGF Vissers

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The Most Beautiful Woman in the World! See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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John Richardson and Ursula Andress had an affair that continued for several months after filming wrapped. She eventually left him for Jean-Paul Belmondo. See more »

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When Ayesha (Ursula Andress) is telling Leo (John Richardson) that he is her ancient high priest, Kallikrates, reborn, Ayesha has what appears to be a smallpox vaccination on her left upper arm. See more »

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Job: [to Holly upon first seeing Ayesha] They just don't make 'em like that any more, sir.
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Opening credits prologue: PALESTINE 1918 See more »

Alternate Versions

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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Featured in The World of Hammer: Lands Before Time (1994) See more »

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Lovely adventure yarn from Hammer studios!
10 March 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Hammer are famous for making horror movies (obviously), and 'She' is often considered amongst Hammer's horror offerings. I beg to differ from that notion, as although it certainly has horror elements: this is most definitely an adventure movie. Still, the delirious Hammer style is definitely still there and this movie succeeds in conforming to the camp ideals that Hammer became famous for (and that I love them for!). This is also one of many (though not enough!) movies to feature the immense talents of both of Hammer's super-heavyweights; Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and both deliver to their regular high standard. The plot follows three men who travel to a lost city in search of riches that have been promised to them upon their arrival. However, the city is ruled by the powerful 'She who must be obeyed' (Ursula Andress) and she believes one of the men to be her reincarnated love, so sets about making him conform to her way of thinking...

The film exudes a sense of sleaze, in spite of not being essentially sleazy. This has come about due to the central theme of the woman being the dominant party, and as the woman in question is played by the domineering Ursula Andress, that sense is exuded quite plainly. Also joining in the fun aside from Cushing, Lee and Andress is Hammer favourite André Morell, who completes a rather fine cast. The low budget is more than obvious on a number of occasions, mostly through the cheap looking sets, and it seems as if the producers have been a little over ambitious. It doesn't matter, though, as the low budget adds to the charm and appeal of the movie, which ensures that the movie is even more fun for the viewer. The moral to the story has some credibility too, and the ending actually succeeds in being fairly powerful. On the whole, 'She' isn't a prime example of how great the adventure genre can be; but it's a solid film, and fans of low budget kitsch will find something to like.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1965 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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