55 Days at Peking

Title55 Days at Peking
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsRay, Nicholas
Running Time2h 34min
Date Released05/29/1963
DistributorAllied Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This historical epic dramatizes the Battle of Peking, a turning point of the Boxer Rebellion, an armed and violent, anti-Christian, and anti-imperialist insurrection in China between 1899 and 1901. When Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi (Flora Robson) orders the Boxers, a group of Chinese secret societies, to massacre foreigners within China, a group of ambassadors, their families and staff hole up in a diplomatic compound. Major Matt Lewis of the United States Marine Corps (Charlton Heston) leads the defense while romancing Russian baroness Natalie Ivanoff (Ava Gardner). Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews, mainly for its historical inaccuracies and lack of character development. However, it was praised for its acting, direction, music, action sequences, and production design. 

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