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The Conqueror (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, History | 28 March 1956 (USA)
Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.




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Complete credited cast:
Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)
Wang Khan
Tartar Captain
Captain of Wang's guard


In ancient times, the Mongolian warlord Temujin must do battle against the rival tribe that killed his father. The battles pale in comparison with Temujin's home life, as he attempts to woo the heart of the red-haired Tartar prisoner Bortai whom he has captured in a raid. He must also deal with various intrigues within his palace. Eventually, Bortai falls to his manly charms, Temujin defeats his enemies within and without, and is crowned Genghis Khan. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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They conquered each other and then the world. See more »


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28 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conqueror of the Desert  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and How They Got That Way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »


There are numerous inaccuracies regarding the people, places, and tribes involved. The opening text explains that while based on true events, this story is fiction. See more »


Temujin: While I live, while my blood burns hot, your daughter is not safe in her tent.
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Referenced in Nun va Goldoon (1996) See more »

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Don't be so hard on it!
10 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I know this is widely considered to be a great travesty of filmmaking, but its problems can be (and have been) over-stated. The costuming, direction, cinematography and choreography are all quite well done and it is surprisingly true to history. Most people can't get beyond the fact that John Wayne plays the title role of Genghis Khan and I admit that it is difficult, but the greatest problem is his accent, not his acting. He delivers his lines exactly as if he were in one of his Western classics and does not attempt a Mongolian accent. The dialogue is (contrary to the previous comments) not inappropriate, but when delivered by Wayne with his western twang, its does often sound comical. I suggest that the audience try to think of this film as just another cowboy movie and try not to take it so seriously. In the end, it is a thoroughly enjoyable film, and that is what matters. The lack of Asian actors is regrettable, but consistent for the era in which is was made.

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