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How long is 55 Days at Peking?
55 Days at Peking is 2 hr 30 min long.
Who directed 55 Days at Peking?
Nicholas Ray
Who is Maj. Matt Lewis in 55 Days at Peking?
Charlton Heston plays Maj. Matt Lewis in the film.
What is 55 Days at Peking about?
This historical epic dramatizes the Battle of Peking, a turning point of the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. 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).