55 Days at Peking!

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55 Days at Peking!

Postby Mingbearer » Thu May 20, 2010 8:03 am

If you look through the history of the Boxer Rebellion it's quite astonishingly accurate the screenplay was.

David Niven served in WWII I think, and it's nice to see some actors with real experience of war (not that he played a very active role I think). Saying which Heston was in the USAF in WWII (where he was more active than Niven had been). Niven went to a good school though!

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Re: 55 Days at Peking!

Postby Halasian » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:32 pm

55 Days at Peking is a great movie! Charlton & David were great, & so was Ava! Rent it, get it on Netflix/Quikflix, etc., & give it a watch. It is time well spent!
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Re: 55 Days at Peking!

Postby shireling » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:46 pm

God, it's been ages since I've seen this! Thanks for the suggestion, Hal :).

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Re: 55 Days at Peking!

Postby TazmanianDevil » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:07 am

55 Days at Peking is a dramatization of the Battle of Peking during the Boxer Rebellion which took place in 1900 China. Fed up by foreign encroachment, the Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi uses the Boxer secret societies to attack the foreigners within China, culminating in the siege of the foreign legations' compounds in Peking (now Beijing). The film concentrates on the defense of the legations from the point of view of the foreign powers, and the title refers to the length of the defense by the colonial powers of the legations district of Peking.

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 fever. U. S. Marine Corps Major Matt Lewis heads an army of multinational soldiers and Marines defending the foreign compound in Peking. Inside the besieged compound, the British ambassador gathers the beleaguered ambassadors into a defensive formation. Included in the group of high-level dignitaries is the sultry Russian Baroness Natalie Ivanoff who begins a romantic liaison with Lewis. As Lewis and the group conserve food and water and try to save some hungry children, they await the arrival of expected reinforcements, but the wily Empress Tzu Hsi is, in the meantime, plotting with the Boxers to break the siege at the compound with the aid of Chinese troops. Eventually however, the forces of the Eight-Nation Alliance arrive and lift the siege over the legations district and put down the rebellion, an event which foreshadowed the demise of the Qing Dynasty.

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Re: 55 Days at Peking!

Postby Shuggy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:42 am

As first posts go, that's pretty comprehensive Taz (if I may?)!

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