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.
The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, the film begins when he meets Rachel Donaldson Robards. The plot concentrates on the scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the U.S., a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries, and scouts.
A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal villiage where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women.Written by
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Despite being set in 11th-century Normandy, this was filmed entirely in California--most unusual at the time, as most large-scale historical epics were shot in either Spain or Italy. See more »
When Chrysagon first sees Bronwyn naked in the water, we see a close-up of Rosemary Forsythe in the water. When it cuts to a wide shot of Charlton Heston wading in and helping her to stand, Bronwyn is clearly a different girl, a stand in who has darker hair. See more »
Will help come soon from Ghent?
Help? Aye, if the Duke wills, it'll come, soon or late.
But... but will it be in time?
Hah! Lookee, Priest. If they rise early, move fast, and find us alive... then it will be in time.
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Captures a harsh flavor of medieval life in a way few other movies have -- the fervent Christianity at odds with superstition, the uncomfortable living conditions, the rigid barrier between ruler and ruled, the messy practicalities of medieval warfare, the absence of anything like personal "freedom". Also great to see portrayed a specific period of the 11th century that is not often depicted--around the time of William the Conqueror (one wonders if "The Duke" talked about in the story is meant to be William). Worth seeing too for the striking, brutally poetic dialog and Heston's performance.
The over-romantic score is distracting and often inappropriate. The female lead seems mis-directed--one feels she could do more, but is not being given the opportunity.
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