Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.
In his diaries, Charlton Heston remarks that the the set was so large, that he recommended to producer Samuel Bronston that he should let Orson Welles use it to film a spy thriller simultaneously. Apparently there were portions of the set were never used during filming.
You have to admire Sir Arthur; he always manages to give the impression that God must be an Englishman.
The British legation has a substantial military band as seen at the beginning of the movie with the raising of the Union Flag and at the end. The duties of a military band assigned to an embassy was perform at embassy functions. Consequently the British Legation would not have used a Chinese orchestra to perform British/European music at the British Ball, especially music well within the capacity of any British service band.
To receive a 'U' certificate in the UK (making the film suitable for all ages) significant cuts were made by the BBFC. These included the scene of the priest being drowned by the water-wheel, a shortening of the screaming sounds made by the soldier before his leg amputation, and a removal of all references by Lewis to local women being made available for soldiers. To retain the same certificate all video releases also featured the same cut print. The 2014 DVD features the uncut version and is upgraded to a PG.
See what movies and TV series IMDb editors are excited about this month and check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.