55 Days At Peking

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55 Days at Peking is a 1963 American historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven, made by Samuel Bronston Productions and released by Allied Artists. The movie was produced by Samuel Bronston and directed by Nicholas Ray,... read more

55 Days at Peking is a 1963 American historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven, made by Samuel Bronston Productions and released by Allied Artists. The movie was produced by Samuel Bronston and directed by Nicholas Ray, Andrew Marton (credited as second unit director) and Guy Green (uncredited). The screenplay was written by Philip Yordan, Bernard Gordon, Ben Barzman and Robert Hamer, the music score was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin. The theme song "So Little Time" was composed by Tiomkin with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The cinematographer was Jack Hildyard. In addition to directing, Nicholas Ray plays the minor role as the head of the American diplomatic mission in China. This film is also the first known appearance of future martial arts film star Yuen Siu Tien. Japanese film director Juzo Itami, credited in the film as "Ichizo Itami", appears as Col. Goro Shiba.

Original Release

05/06/1963

Cast

Charlton Heston Maj. Matt Lewis
David Niven Sir Arthur Robertson
John Ireland Sgt. Harry
Ava Gardner Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
Flora Robson Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi
Harry Andrews Father de Bearn
Burt Kwouk Old Man (voice)
Leo Genn Gen. Jung-Lu
Robert Helpmann Prince Tuan
Kurt Kasznar Baron Sergei Ivanoff
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Nicholas Ray, Guy Green

Writers

Philip Yordan, Robert Hamer, Bernard Gordon, Ben Barzman

Cast

Charlton Heston Maj. Matt Lewis
David Niven Sir Arthur Robertson
John Ireland Sgt. Harry
Ava Gardner Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
Flora Robson Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi
Harry Andrews Father de Bearn
Burt Kwouk Old Man (voice)
Leo Genn Gen. Jung-Lu
Robert Helpmann Prince Tuan
Kurt Kasznar Baron Sergei Ivanoff
Philippe Leroy Julliard
Paul Lukas Dr. Steinfeldt
Elizabeth Sellars Lady Sarah Robertson
Massimo Serato Garibaldi
Jacques Sernas Maj. Bobrinski
Jerome Thor Capt. Andy Marshall
Lynne Sue Moon Teresa
Nicholas Ray US Minister
Michael Chow
Fernando Sancho

Producers

Editors

Robert Lawrence

1964 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Nominated
1964 Oscar Best Music, Score - Substantially Original Nominated
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