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.