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.
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Seen in Blu-Ray. I don't think that this movie was a big hit at the box-office in 1954 because there's not a lot of action here. No, the movie is rather a very interesting, if not accurate, description of the reign of Akhenaton, the Pharaoh who, 1300 years before Christ, believed in a unique God and was a pacifist. The production design is sumptuous as well as Bella Darvi. A complete surprise. Strongly recommended.
Inherently bizarre but - because of these flaws, uniquely arresting. Its most astonishing trait is how earnestly it jumps through several flaming hoops to make it fit into the then-vogue "Biblical Epic" subgenre.
Bella Darvi, the international playgirl and gambler ladylove of Darryl Zanuck, is perfectly cast in this kitschfest. She brings an insiders understanding to the role of the wanton Nefer. Without her, the film would cease to be entertainment.
One star or five, it depends. I see it as a fine bad movie where everything is desperately trying to be epic. But I enjoy all that, especially Edmund Purdom's 'larger than life' lines, and colorful production design and costumes...