55 Days at Peking (1963)

150 mins | Drama | 1963

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir 2nd unit operations
2nd unit dir
1st & 2nd unit asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit cam
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward head
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
Sd eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
Miss Gardner's hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Executive prod mgr
Casting
Prop master
Supervisortech
Supervisor electrn
Title paintings
SOURCES
SONGS
"So Little Time," words and music by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1963
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 29 May 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Bronston Productions
Copyright Date:
6 May 1963
Copyright Number:
LP27967
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
gauge
35 & 70
Widescreen/ratio
Super Technirama 70
Duration(in mins):
150
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In June, 1900, delegations in Peking representing 11 countries are threatened by the fanatical Boxers, a band of terrorists determined to drive the "foreign devils" out of China. Encouraged by Dowager Empress Tzü Hsi and her adviser, Prince Tuan, the Boxers move into the city and murder the German ambassador. Although most of the envoys vote to flee Peking, British Ambassador Sir Arthur Robertson persuades them to remain and make a stand. With only 500 military units at their disposal, the legations depend on the leadership of U. S. Marine Maj. Matt Lewis, who has prevented the deportation of Russian Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, widow of an aristocrat who committed suicide over her infidelity. Meanwhile, the empress orders the Imperial Army to aid the Boxers in their attack on the foreign powers. When their situation becomes desperate, Natalie obtains precious food and medicine by selling an emerald necklace, but she is fatally wounded while bringing the supplies into their compound. The situation appears hopeless as the Chinese launch a final assault, but on the morning of August 14th, 55 days after the initial uprising, reinforcements from all 11 nations arrive to turn back the Boxers, dethrone the empress, and topple the Manchu ... +


In June, 1900, delegations in Peking representing 11 countries are threatened by the fanatical Boxers, a band of terrorists determined to drive the "foreign devils" out of China. Encouraged by Dowager Empress Tzü Hsi and her adviser, Prince Tuan, the Boxers move into the city and murder the German ambassador. Although most of the envoys vote to flee Peking, British Ambassador Sir Arthur Robertson persuades them to remain and make a stand. With only 500 military units at their disposal, the legations depend on the leadership of U. S. Marine Maj. Matt Lewis, who has prevented the deportation of Russian Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, widow of an aristocrat who committed suicide over her infidelity. Meanwhile, the empress orders the Imperial Army to aid the Boxers in their attack on the foreign powers. When their situation becomes desperate, Natalie obtains precious food and medicine by selling an emerald necklace, but she is fatally wounded while bringing the supplies into their compound. The situation appears hopeless as the Chinese launch a final assault, but on the morning of August 14th, 55 days after the initial uprising, reinforcements from all 11 nations arrive to turn back the Boxers, dethrone the empress, and topple the Manchu Dynasty. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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