Egypt of 5,000 years ago comes to life in Land of the pharaohs, a tremendous film spectacle. From the opening shot of a great pharaoh and his thousands of soldiers returning from successful battle laden with vast treasure, an audience is constantly overwhelmed with spectacle, either in the use of cast thousands, tremendously sized settings or the surging background score by Dimitri Tiomkin.

Egypt of 5,000 years ago comes to life in Land of the pharaohs, a tremendous film spectacle. From the opening shot of a great pharaoh and his thousands of soldiers returning from successful battle laden with vast treasure, an audience is constantly overwhelmed with spectacle, either in the use of cast thousands, tremendously sized settings or the surging background score by Dimitri Tiomkin.

The story tells of a great pharaoh, ably played by Jack Hawkins, who for 30 years drives his people to build a pyramid in which his body and treasure shall rest secure for evermore, and of a woman, portrayed by Joan Collins, a captivating bundle of s.a., who conspires to win his kingdom and riches for herself.

When the viewing senses begin to dull from the tremendous load of spectacle, the script and Hawks’ direction wisely switch to sex and intrigue.

Alexis Minotis, Greek actor, lends the picture a fine performance as Hamar, the high priest.

Land of the Pharaohs

Production

Continental/Warner. Director Howard Hawks; Producer Howard Hawks; Screenplay William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom; Camera Lee Garmes, Russell Harlan; Editor Rudi Fehr, V. Sagovsky; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Alexandre Trauner

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Jack Hawkins Joan Collins Dewey Martin Alexis Minotis James Robertson Justice Luisa Boni

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