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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson, Kurt Kasznar, Victor Jory
  • Directors: Robert Pirosh
  • Writers: Robert Pirosh, C.W. Ceram, Karl Tunberg
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304308620
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Egypt has, if anything, even more to lose than Afghanistan did under the Taliban.
AB
One of the charms of this film is that it takes the mystical dimension of the story seriously, and has a wonderful payoff at the very end.
Setmose
A lot of great scenary of pyramids and scenes from Egypt, a very excting and scenic film.
Rosella Ann Myles

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Levin on August 5, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
"VALLEY OF THE KINGS" is another example of classic films whose copy rights are owned by "TIME WARNER INC." that like "Quo Vadis" and "Land of the Pharaohs" are neglected almost to the point of rejection. Still gathering "Star Dust" at their "Warner Bro. Library Vault," awaiting for someone there to released them on Anamorphic Widescreen DVD; or like its the case for "Quo Vadis" released in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.

It's a real pity that young film lovers as well as those older ones that have to put up recently with an appalling new "Alexander," can not discover again this terrific picture on DVD. Directed by Robert Piroh, Starring: Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker, it was released on July 23, 1954 as one of the first Cinemascope Movies.

The sceenplay deals with a romantic adventure that centers around the daunting perseverant hunt of an archeologist daughter, searching to find evidence of the Joseph from Biblical times in Egypt, so she can redeem her late father goal on this quest.

Filmed in Egypt it features awesome magnificent scenery of the Great Pyramids as well as other grand archeological sites over there. A terrific movie that needs to be on DVD, specially now that an exibit of King Tutankhamun is touring the USA.

Perhaps by voting on this review, all of you classic film lovers, can remind the mighty "TIME WARNER INC." our desire to see this movie released on a DVD format finally.

THANK YOU ALL!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Setmose on September 10, 2005
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This movie has it all over Indiana Jones, because it is not pastiche, not tongue-in-cheek. It dares to take its subject seriously and succeeds beautifully.

Robert Taylor is like William Holden but with more muscle and less irony. Another great movie of his is "Rogue Cop".

One of the charms of this film is that it takes the mystical dimension of the story seriously, and has a wonderful payoff at the very end.

The characters are well drawn. The "exotic" local is filmed perfectly, and puts to shame later efforts to recapture this type of motif. "King Solomon's Mines" is also excellent, but there the expedition is approaching through sub-Saharan Africa, so the adventure is African rather than Arab/Egyptian.

The "ordeal-of-truth" sword fight that Taylor has to pass among a tribe of marauding bedouin is something to see -- it is *very* realistic.

All around a *great* Hollywood cinematic experience that transcends Hollywood cliche. 5 stars isn't enough!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rosella Ann Myles on May 3, 2003
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Archeologist Robert Taylor and the lovely Elanor Parker, find adventure and romance in Egypt while on a quest to find evidence of Joseph from biblical times. They fall in love an dhav elot sof adventure on their quest. A lot of great scenary of pyramids and scenes from Egypt, a very excting and scenic film. It makes one want to travel to Egypt.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter V. Esser on December 16, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Anyone who has been to Egypt immediately recognizes the authenticity of this movie's location shooting, which uses real places throughout to present a nearly perfect 1954 travelogue of the Nile Valley civilization. Especially interesting are the scenes at Abu Simbel and Philae, both of which were moved after the film was shot to higher ground, at new locations that are less authentic and dramatic. Great landmarks are shown here before they were taken apart and placed in modern settings that spoiled the mystery and wonder of these ancient monuments. The original location of Abu Simbel (before the Aswan Dam required its dismantling and removal to an articifical hill built high above the rising waters of Lake Nasser) reveals how phony the new site looks today, with the statues scarred with slice marks and the new cliff face looking like a ride at Disneyland. The hillside above the statues in the movie (which is featured in a major fight scene) looks magical and ancient, like it must have looked when Burkehardt rediscovered it in 1815, or David Roberts painted it a decade later for his wonderful Egyptian portfolio. It's breathtaking. The movie even goes inside the temple, and shows us the wonderful statues of Ramses there. The shots of Philae near Aswan are also historical records, because they show the temples half-covered by water in the lake above the old Aswan dam, a romantic and beautiful scene that was forever changed when the monuments were moved to another island in the river. Most Hollywood movies use Egyptian sites as backdrops, and edit their stories so that characaters walk out of one ruin and into another 50 miles away without explanation (see Death on the Nile).Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian Galyer on June 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a terrific movie, a bit slow in parts, but none the less well worth watching. I have lost count of the number of times I have watched it since it was first released. This is the movie that first gave me a taste of the subject and I have been enthralled by it ever since I was a boy (I am now 56)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. D. liddell-jones on December 17, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
this is much more realistic than other egypt films, as it depicts the turn of the 20th century, not ancient egypt. you really get a feel for life in the middle east from the location scenes,the music and work-chants, and evening campfire dancing among the workers. the exterior monestary scenes are obviously authentic too, providing a taste of egypt's midaevil past. and at the "tomb" look carefully at the placement of mirrors at the entrance. this is how it is really done. the story moves right along, with several twists to keep it interesting. and for the 50's it is remarkably frank about the affair between the protagonists. this eleanor parker is quite a gal. she is obviously really riding camels and braving windstorms (albeit from giant fans..) and keeping up with the he-men all the way, (except the fight scenes, but those are stunt men anyway...) robert taylor sheds his pretty-face image to seem as gritty as possible. this was good film-making. BUT WHY NOT ON DVD???????this movie's a visual feast, not just a story. if this tape doesn't sell well, it's because we're all waiting for the disc.
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