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This is the story of the shy Mongol boy Temujin who,during the 13th century, becomes the fearless Mongol leader Genghis Khan that unites all Mongol tribes and conquers India,China,Persia,Korea and parts of Rusia,Europe and Middle-East.

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Kam Ling
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The Shah of Khwarezm
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Bortei (as Francoise Dorleac)
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Shan
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The Emperor of China
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Geen
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Katke
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Sengal
Kenneth Cope ...
Subodai
Roger Croucher ...
Kassar
Don Borisenko ...
Jebai
Patrick Holt ...
Kuchluk
Susanne Hsiao ...
Chin Yu (as Suzanne Hsaio)
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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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23 June 1965 (USA)  »

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

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$3,892 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Claire Bloom was attached to this project at one point. See more »

Goofs

Not until the Qing or Manchu-dynasty (1644-1912) were Chinese men obliged to wear their hair in a pigtail as depicted in this movie. Before that they used to wear their long hair bound together in a knot on top of their head or under a (magistrate's) hat. See more »

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Geen: [about the Caravan Road] The Shah of Khwarezm imposed a truce. All have sworn to it. All observe it. No warrior is permitted to carry arms here.
Geen: Good, then we can take our pick without fighting!
Shan: You do not understand, Temujin. A truce was signed!
Geen: I did not sign it, the slaves did not sign it.
Geen: But...!
Temujin, later Genghis Khan: [Interrupts] Will there be women among the slaves?
Geen: Yes, lord...
Temujin, later Genghis Khan: Good. My men have horses and weapons, but no women. How long do you think they will stay without women?
[At Shan]
Temujin, later Genghis Khan: How long will you?
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28 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

As an user has pointed out ,this is the last of the spectaculars of the late fifties/early sixties which began with De Mille's "Ten Commandments" and included such works as "Ben Hur" ,"Spartacus " (which was more Kirk Douglas' work than Kubrik's ),the highly underrated "Cleopatra"(when will we see the uncut version?),Mann 's "El Cid" and "Fall of the Roman Empire" .

This is the last hurrah,but it's a bad film.James Mason and Robert Morley do not seem to take their roles seriously (as Chinese characters!!)and their playing is deliciously tongue-in-cheek.But all the others seem to believe in this far-fetched tale ,very dubious historically ,with Egyptian Omar Sharif as the lead who abducts pretty princess (French Françoise Dorléac) who is raped by Irish Villain (even

nastier than Ben Hur's Messala) Boyd.There's also American Wallach who offers him his two daughters.Both Sharif and Boyd seem to enjoy bondage (collar ,cage,etc).When he speaks to common women ,Genghis is feminist (it's up to them to choose) ,but when he is with his wife ,he's a more credible macho.

Incidentally,Sharif,Mason and Dorléac's sister (Catherine Deneuve) would team up three years later in Terence Young's "Mayerling".This time,Mason was Sharif's father .

If you want to see a good Sharif movie,do choose "Dr Zhivago" instead.


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