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In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues, and bizarre secrets are revealed to him, he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth. Short on historical accuracy but strong on plot and characterization.
Twentieth Century Fox's massive epic "The Egyptian", taking place during the reign of Egypt's controversial "Heretic" Pharaoh Akhenaton, the film has a colourful and dramatic setting for its story and makes great use of the fascinating characters and events that made up the Egyptian "Amarna" period. "The Egyptian",is another example of the solid expertise Hollywood had in the 1950's and early 1960's for producing large scale historical epics. While certainly not as well known or respected as such efforts as "Ben Hur", it has alot to offer from some great performances, elaborate sets, stunning costumes and enough intrigue and drama to satisfy all lovers of Hollywood epics. Being all wrapped up in gorgeous Fox technicolour also helps immensely in giving this story of a humble physician who rises to become the personal aide to the Pharaoh only to be undone by his reckless love for a seductive courtesan, a vivid look and feel that increases its impact!
Victor Mature ... Horemheb
Jean Simmons ... Merit
Gene Tierney ... Baketamon
Michael Wilding ... Akhnaton
Bella Darvi ... Nefer
Peter Ustinov ... Kaptah
Edmund Purdom ... Sinuhe
John Carradine ... Grave Robber