Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, U.S. marine, Maj. Matt Lewis, along with British consul, Sir Arthur Robertson, develop a plan to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force can arrive.
At first writer Bernard Gordon proposed to use split screen system on the film but Philip Yordan rapidly rejected the idea.
Maj. Matt Lewis:
Alright, Marines, eyes front! We're almost in Peking, capital city of China. This is an ancient and highly cultured civilization. So, don't get the idea you're any better than these people just because they can't speak English.
At the end, Maj. Lewis is joined by Sir Arthur on top of the wall. Lewis asks Sir Arthur, "What time is it?" Sir Arthur replies, "5:30 a.m." But the sun is directly overhead.
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.