Fifty Five Days at Peking (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Fifty Five Days at Peking (1963)




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Epic retelling of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 China, where an American major leads an army of multinational soldiers as they attempt to protect a besieged government compound against rebels and hold out until reinforcements arrive.


Charlton Heston
as Major Matt Lewis
Ava Gardner
as Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
David Niven
as Sir Arthur Robertson
Flora Robson
as Kaiserin Tzu-Hsi
John Ireland
as Sergeant Harry
Harry Andrews
as Father de Berne
Leo Genn
as Gen. Jung-Lu
Robert Helpmann
as Prince Tuan
Ichizo Itami
as Col. Shiba
Kurt Kasznar
as Baron Sergei Ivanoff
Paul Lukas
as Dr. Steinfeldt
Elizabeth Sellars
as Lady Sarah Robertson
Massimo Serato
as Garibaldi
Jacques Sernas
as Major Bobrinski
Jerome Thor
as Lt. Andy Marshall
Walter Gotell
as Capt. Hoffman
Joseph Fürst
as Capt. Hanselman
Alfredo Mayo
as Spanish Minister
Martin Miller
as Hugo Bergmann
José Nieto
as Italian Minister
Eric Pohlmann
as Baron von Meck
Aram Stephan
as Gaumaire
Robert Urquhart
as Capt. Hanley
Felix Defauce
as Dutch Minister
Andre Eszterhazy
as Austrian Minister
Carlos Casaravilla
as Japanese Minister
Fernando Sancho
as Belgian Minister
George Wang
as Boxer Chief
Mervyn Johns
as Clergyman
Nicholas Ray
as American Minister
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Critic Reviews for Fifty Five Days at Peking

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Jack Hildyard's photography is excellent, particularly in getting on the big screen the savage attack scenes which take up the major part of the picture.

October 22, 2007 | Full Review…

A magnificent failure.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nicholas Ray's last commercial film and second blockbuster for Samuel Bronston (after King of Kings) effectively ended his career as a Hollywood director, and the unwieldiness of this spectacular... helps in part to explain why.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

hough ponderous, the film yields plenty of thrills.

October 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lively but overlong adventure picture.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A jingoistic cartoon.

April 7, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fifty Five Days at Peking

A excellent old school movie with Charlton Heston in it, The US Calivery has been sent to China, excellent story line.. Woth 5 stars, short reviews trying to catch up on my reviews from my long absent. 5 Stars. 6-15-12

Bruce Bruce
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