Land of the Pharaohs
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"Nobody knew how a Pharaoh talked!" That's how producer/director Howard Hawks explained some of the sillier dialogue exchanges in the William Faulkner-Harry Kurnitz-Harold Jack Bloom script for Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs. Extravagantly produced with a cast of seeming millions (actually there were some 10,000 extras), the film speculates on the circumstances surrounding the construction of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Jack Hawkins plays the Pharaoh, who orders enslaved architect James Robertson Justice to build a magnificent, thief-proof tomb for him. At first, the people of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When the viewing senses begin to dull from the tremendous load of spectacle, the script and Hawks' direction wisely switch to sex and intrigue."
‑ , Variety
"Hawks forgoes any of those monstrous epic battle scenes, but as always most of his characters are made of shades of gray, which makes for fascinating confrontations throughout."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"No wars; no battles; one dinky sword fight. But much pageantry."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Fairly awesome if you can get beyond the clunky dialogue."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Much of the picture concerned itself with the building of the pyramid, not an exceptionally exciting event to watch."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A cracking script and a bittersweet ironic ending satisfy those wanting their drama on an epic scale."
‑ , Film4
"Intelligent epic mixes spectacle and social commentary."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Blockbuster epics are usually not this thoughtfully put together."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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