Production info

USA/UK, 1963

George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Faten Hamama
Directed by Wolf Rilla


A man just released from prison takes up his earlier plan to steal King Tut's jewellery from the Cairo Museum. With the help of a few egyptians he actually succeeds in his plan, but then the trouble begins.

This film is actually a remake of director John Huston's 1950 "The Asphalt Jungle" (based on the novel by W. R. Burnett), with a switch of locale from the brooding, empty streets of downtown America to the teeming bazaars and markets of Egypt. The dialogue of both films is exactly the same in several places. Though not as effective as the original, this film nevertheless works fine for those with a passion for anything Egyptian. Filmed on location in Cairo, Suez and on the Luxor West Bank. It also includes some interesting nightly scenes in the Egyptian Museum. Several Egyptian actors play key roles, most notably "The Lady of the Arabic Screen" Faten Hamama, Ahmed Mazhar and Kamal Al-Shennawi.

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