Land of the Pharaohs

  • Film
  • Epic films
Hawks was always better with small groups of characters, but this Egyptian epic, concerning intrigue at the Pharaoh's court during the building of a massive pyramid, is far from uninteresting. Although the script (by Faulkner, among others) gets stranded with the usual slightly wooden dialogue considered necessary for ancient times, the story moves along at a stately but never sluggish pace, and is scattered with lovely moments, most notably the grim finale when Collins gets her ironic come-uppance. With sets by Trauner and camerawork by Lee Garmes, it looks great; certainly, alongside those of Nick Ray, one of the best epics.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Howard Hawks
Screenwriter: William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom
Cast: Jack Hawkins
Joan Collins
Dewey Martin
James Robertson Justice
Alexis Minotis
Sydney Chaplin

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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John Shields

One of Hollywood's great endings. Criticising the rather staid script is like saying the editing isn't crisp enough, the story's too slow, the colour's a bit weird, or the camera angles are a bit basic - it was the 1950s. This is great, albeit old fashioned, epic film making!

John Shields

One of Hollywood's great endings. Criticising the rather staid script is like saying the editing isn't crisp enough, the story's too slow, the colour's a bit weird, or the camera angles are a bit basic - it was the 1950s. This is great, albeit old fashioned, epic film making!