This Samuel Bronston-produced historical epic (preceded by KING OF KINGS and EL CID), directed by Nicholas Ray, is set during China's Boxer Rebellion of 1900. After the foreign legations in Peking are besieged by the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists, better known as the
Boxers, hundreds of missionaries are murdered in a xenophobic and anti-Christian campaign. Maj. Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston) is placed in charge of a small multinational unit of foreign soldiers who take a stand against the Boxers from inside their international compound. For 55 days, Maj. Lewis,
British ambassador Sir Arthur Robertson (David Niven), Russian baroness Natalie Ivanoff (Av...