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Quotations from 55 Days at Peking

The film 55 Days at Peking is about the siege of foreign legations' compounds in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 China. Due to the Chinese being fed up with the foreigners, they use secret societies to attack them. This movie, portrayed by drama, history, and war, focuses on the defence of the legations by a dozen nations.

Below you'll find quotations from 55 Days at Peking.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Producer: Samuel Bronston
Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and David Niven
Release date: May 29, 1963


Dr. Steinfeldt: [in the hospital, while the baroness refuses medical assistance] Don't you want to live?
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: I *have* lived!
Maj. Matt Lewis: He's a good soldier when he knows what he's fighting for.
Sir Arthur Robertson: It's easy when it's something you can see; a wall, a hill, a river, but how can you explain to them when it's for a principle.
Maj. Matt Lewis: You can't. Not here in China, it's too far from home.
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: You know, I think I'll get you to take me to San Francisco with you.
Maj. Matt Lewis: Oh? Why to San Francisco?
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: Well, isn't that the place where they found all the gold?
Maj. Matt Lewis: Laughs.
German Ambassador: You have to admire Sir Arthur; he always manages to give the impression that God must be an Englishman.
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