Genghis Khan (1965)

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During the 13th century the shy Mongol boy Temujin becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe and the Middle-East.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kam Ling
The Shah of Khwarezm
Bortei (as Francoise Dorleac)
The Emperor of China
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Kenneth Cope ...
Roger Croucher ...
Don Borisenko ...
Patrick Holt ...
Susanne Hsiao ...
Chin Yu (as Suzanne Hsaio)


Mostly fictionalized account of the life of Ghenghis Khan, the Mongol warlord whose 13th century armies conquered much of the known world. Named Temujin, he was taken prisoner by the rival warlord Jamuga and as punishment was forced to wear a large round wooden stock that severely restricted his movements. With the help of two supporters, the wise-man Geen and the strongman Sengal he manages to escape. He now begins his quest to unify all of the Mongol tribes. He faces great success but his old nemesis Jemuga keeps appearing at various times in his life leader to a final battle between the two. Written by garykmcd

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Only once in the furied history of adventure and conquest...did one man rule so vast an empire! See more »


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Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzingis-Kan  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,332 (USA) (22 February 2008)


$3,892 (USA) (22 February 2008)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final theatrical film for Roger Croucher, Carlo Cura, and Yvonne Shima. See more »


Genghis Khan didn't start the war at Khwarezm (although he might have had intentions about it). The Shah killed the messengers of Ghengis Khan who then started a bloodbath in revenge. See more »


Bortei: [the Mongols have come to China] I think he will let you all become lazy and fat, so we'll never get out.
Temujin, later Genghis Khan: She is right. Every morning our men will train with their weapons!
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Referenced in Casualties of War (1989) See more »

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A last flirtation with the epic genre!
17 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Not quite as bad as John Wayne's famed turkey THE CONQUEROR, but getting there. Problem was with this flick, the makers dumped historical accuracy in favor of developing a Ben-Hur-Messala type confrontation between Genghis Khan (Sharif, at the height of his popularity) and his nemesis, a scowling bewhiskered Jamuga (none other than "Messala" himself - Stephen Boyd)

Plenty of Mongol action and cruelty and the concluding battle between Sharif and Boyd is pretty in-your-face stuff. Production values were OK and suitably epic-ish in feel. The wheels start to fall off though with Robert Morley as the Chinese Emperor, some throwback to his role in 55 DAYS IN PEKING and worse, mega-british James Mason as Kam Ling, as likely a chinese adviser to Morley as Adam Sandler playing Abraham Lincoln. In a minor role as Subatai, Kenneth Cope is struggling to hold down any credibility whatsoever, having been first-string comic relief to David Frost on the THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS TV show.

Not for the epic Hall of Fame I'm afraid!

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