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Year: 1963
Original Title: 55 Days At Peking
Length: 154 minutes
Genre: Action, History, Drama
Studios: Samuel Bronston Productions
Age rating: Suitable only for 15 years and over
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: May 06 1963

United States: May 06 1963

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Ranking: 5,526 out of 16,357 movies (up 1342)

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Plot

In 1900, Peking (now Beijing) is an open city with the Chinese and several European countries controlling trade and politics, with dozens of embassies set in an international compound for western powers to look after their interests. The Boxers, who oppose Christianity and the western powers, start a rebellion against them and besiege the compound for 55 days, supported by Empress Dowager Cixi. Maj. Matt Lewis (Charton Heston) , an experienced soldier in China who knows local conditions well meets an exiled Russian Baroness, Natalie Ivanoff (Ava Gardner) with whom he falls in love. The political situation gets more and more problematic and the different diplomats must overcome their differences in order to survive. Maj. Lewis, working with the senior officer from the British Embassy, Sir Arthur Robinson (David Niven), tries to keep them out of the compound while they wait for help.

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Cast 55 Days At Peking

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

Maj. Matt Lewis

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Baroness Natalie Ivanoff

David Niven

David Niven

Sir Arthur Robertson

Leo Genn

Leo Genn

Gen. Jung-Lu

Paul Lukas

Paul Lukas

Dr. Steinfeldt

Robert Helpmann

Robert Helpmann

Prince Tuan

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