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Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 24 June 1955 (USA)
A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of the tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.

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Howard Hawks
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Hawkins ... Pharaoh Khufu
Joan Collins ... Princess Nellifer
Dewey Martin ... Senta, Vashtar's Son
Alexis Minotis Alexis Minotis ... Hamar, the High Priest (as Alex Minotis)
James Robertson Justice ... Vashtar, the Master Architect
Luisella Boni Luisella Boni ... Kyra (as Luisa Boni)
Sydney Chaplin ... Treneh, The Captain of the Guard
James Hayter ... Mikka, Vashtar's Servant
Kerima ... Queen Nailla
Piero Giagnoni Piero Giagnoni ... Xenon
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Storyline

In ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh Khufu (Jack Hawkins) is obsessed with acquiring gold and plans to take it all with him into the "second life". To this end, he enlists the aid of Vashtar (James Robertson Justice), an architect whose people are enslaved in Egypt. The deal: build a robbery-proof tomb and the enslaved people will be freed. During the years that the pyramid is being built, Cyprian Princess Nellifer (Dame Joan Collins) becomes the Pharaoh's second wife, and she plots to prevent Khufu from taking his treasure with him when he dies, as well as helping him make the journey early. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs See more »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Continental Company See more »
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Mono (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The movie was Producer and Director Howard Hawks' first commercial failure. It caused Hawks to take a break from directing and travel through Europe for a few years. His next movie, Rio Bravo (1959), was the longest break between two movies in his career. See more »

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Khufu refers to the enemy he conquered as "Kushites." The Kingdom of Kush was established almost 2,000 years after the reign of Khufu. See more »

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Hamar: I, Hamar, Lord High Priest of Egypt, am preparing a chronicle of the reign of Khufu, ruler of Egypt. Word has come that again he has been victorious in the war against our enemies and now Egypt has taken its place as the greatest of all nations in the world! Today, Pharaoh and his armies return.
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Great, despite absence of Victor Mature
29 June 2000 | by KimB-3See all my reviews

How can you have a great "swords and sandals" epic without Victor Mature and his gams? Perhaps by casting Joan Collins as a wickedly greedy princess with about a hundred costume changes. What can I say, I love this film. It's not even a guilty pleasure--I'll gladly watch it any Saturday afternoon. It's Hollywood at its best: a movie made just for the sheer enjoyment of watching movies. There's no deeper meaning or social agenda -- it's about a pyramid, an aging Pharaoh, a scheming woman, and a slave winning freedom for his people. What else does any picture need?


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