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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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Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Hunlun
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Wang Khan
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Shaman
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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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Conqueror of the Desert  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,500,000 (USA)
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2.55 : 1
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Filmed between mid-May and August 5, 1954. It premiered in Los Angeles on February 22, 1956, then opened in Manhattan at the Criterion Theatre on March 30, 1956. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Temujin: The tartar woman stays with me, Jamuga.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.15 (1959) See more »

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One of the all time unintentionally funny movies.
16 April 1999 | by (Mountain View, Ca.) – See all my reviews

One of the all-time bad movies, an unintentional joke that actually stays funny for over two hours. John Wayne as Genghis Khan is one of the worst examples of miscasting in the history in Hollywood, but that's not what makes the movie so funny. What makes the movie funny is Wayne attempting to say the ridiculous purple prose of the script, the whole thing is written in this sort of pseudo-Shakesperian English, and John Wayne was always one of those rare actors who had serious trouble with anything like a grammatical sentence. Whenever things start to lag Wayne has to say something like "I ree-gret that Ah am without sufficient spittle to sa-lute you as you dee-serve" or the classic "Yore beautiful in yore wrath".

Also memorable for bad supporting performances by Agnes Moorehead and William Conrad, the sight of Wayne in Asiatic eye-makeup and Fu-Manchu moustace (the only biography of Khan I've read says he was white anyway), Susan Hayward doing a clumsy sword dance, a rape scene that would embarrass the tackiest Bodice-ripper, kitschy sets, and a Las Vegas revue act featuring a female dancer in a white leotard with a patch of fringe right *there*.


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