55 Days at Peking
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Samuel Bronston produced this extravagant blockbuster, shot in Super Technirama 70. Nominally directed by Nicholas Ray (who makes a brief appearance as the U.S. ambassador), Ray was taken off the film and replaced by the more pliable directorial touches of Andrew Marton. Charlton Heston stars as Maj. Matt Lewis, the leader of an army of multinational soldiers who head to Peking during the infamous Boxer Rebellion of 1900. As the film unfolds, the foreign embassies in Peking are being held in a grip of terror as the Boxers set about massacring Christians in an anti-Christian nationalistic… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"hough ponderous, the film yields plenty of thrills."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A magnificent failure."
‑ , Time Out
"Lively but overlong adventure picture."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A jingoistic cartoon."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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