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Writer:
Oscar Millard (written by)
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Release Date:
28 March 1956 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Surpasses anything ever filmed before! See more »
Plot:
Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Temujin, later Genghis Khan

Susan Hayward ... Bortai

Pedro Armendáriz ... Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)

Agnes Moorehead ... Hunlun

Thomas Gomez ... Wang Khan

John Hoyt ... Shaman

William Conrad ... Kasar

Ted de Corsia ... Kumlek
Leslie Bradley ... Targutai

Lee Van Cleef ... Chepei
Peter Mamakos ... Bogurchi
Leo Gordon ... Tartar Captain
Richard Loo ... Captain of Wang's guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Chieftain #2 (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Honest John (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Jalair (uncredited)
Lane Bradford ... Chieftain #4 (uncredited)
Larry Chance ... Tartar (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Dancer in Wang's Palace (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Tartar Guard Sounding Alarm (uncredited)
John George ... Drummer Boy (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ... Bortai's Slave Woman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Subuya - Mongol Warrior (uncredited)
Michael Granger ... Chieftain #1 (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle ... Monk (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Potter (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ... Chieftain #3 (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... (uncredited)
Pat Lawler ... Wang Khan's Wife (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Mongol (uncredited)
Jarma Lewis ... Girl in Bath (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... Solo Dancer (uncredited)
Pat McMahon ... Girl in Bath (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Scribe (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Temple Dancer (uncredited)
Norman S. Powell ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Guard (uncredited)

George E. Stone ... Sibilant Sam (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Sorgan - Mongol Warrior (uncredited)

Patricia Tiernan ... Wang Khan's Wife (uncredited)
Carl Vernell ... Merkit Captain (uncredited)

Michael Wayne ... Mongol Guard (uncredited)

Patrick Wayne ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dick Powell 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Millard (written by)

Produced by
Dick Powell .... producer
Richard Sokolove .... associate producer
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Ford 
Kennie Marstella 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Al Orenbach (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound effects
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Terry Kellum .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... photographic effects (as Linwood Dunn)
Albert Simpson .... photographic effects
 
Stunts
X Brands .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante .... stunts (uncredited)
Bernie Gozier .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Spiker .... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill White Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Wood .... costumes: men
Michael Woulfe .... costumes: Miss Hayward
 
Editorial Department
Stuart Gilmore .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... music supervisor
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (as William Hole Jr.)
Howard Hughes .... presenter
Robert Sidney .... choreographer
Ian Murray .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... wrangler (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... wrangler (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17046) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes backed the film financially. He later paid an extra $12 million (estimated) for every existing copy because of guilt; he paid to ship 60 tons of contaminated soil to Hollywood for retakes. He kept a tight hold on the film, not even allowing it to be shown on television, for years. Universal bought the rights to the film in 1979, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it had not been seen by the public for 21 years prior to the purchase (allegedly, Paramount obtained reissue rights in 1974).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In many of the "day for night" shots, the tents, animals and people all cast very strong shadows.See more »
Quotes:
[Surrounded by his enemies]
Temujin:Come and take me, mongrels - if you dare. While I have fingers to grasp a sword, and eyes to see your cowardly faces, your treacherous heads will not be safe on your shoulders. For I am Temujin, the Conqueror. No prison can hold me, no army defeat me.
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Worst Miscasting Ever, 31 December 1998
Author: Scott Peterson from Rolla, MO

John Wayne is the consummate cowboy, only Clint Eastwood comes close to approaching the title. So it's really jarring to the sensibilities to see Wayne standing there in a Mongol costume and a cheesy "fu manchu" moustache spouting barbarian lines in his trademark western drawl. It's like seeing Alec Guinness start acting like Pee-Wee Herman; some serious misalignment of the heavens has happened and maybe that guy on the corner saying "the end of the world is nigh" was right.

That aside, "The Conqueror" plays like an epic Cecil B. DeMille movie, with epic lines, epic scenery, and epic music. Say what you want about modern cinema, recent movies as a whole tend to be better researched, with characters, clothing, and sets that are historically accurate. This movie makes it clear they had no concept what Genghis Khan and his time was like. People, Wayne included, simply say grandiose lines without any inflection, as if they had no idea how to act the part.

Through it all, I kept expecting Susan Hayward to claim she was an alien or had fallen through a time machine. I doubt very many 12th century Mogolian women had red permed hair and wore low cut dresses. "The Conqueror" is either one of the worst movies you ever saw or one of the funniest.

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