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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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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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,892 (USA) (22 February 2008)
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Omar Sharif was furious that the $25,000 that Eli Wallach was earning per week was more than Sharif was being paid for the entire film. Wallach had only taken the role after a London play he was scheduled to do collapsed, and he was in need of a quick payday. See more »

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The Shah offers Jamuga both his daughters, but in Islam a man cannot marry a woman and her close relative at the same time. Plus a Muslim woman cannot marry a pagan. 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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Action story, intrigue and well worth seeing more than once...
6 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I simply enjoyed the tale of Genghis Khan for its absorbing entertainment. I say "entertainment" because that's what movies are for. If I want a history lesson I'll turn to the encyclopedia for that.

Omar Sharif in the lead role is excellent, and with some tender romance and family life added in for interest it gives value to what he stands for.

Stephen Boyd here is at times the scruffy villain, but to me he can do no wrong and is just adding variety to his roles as an actor.

James Mason, one of my fascinating favourites, with a multitude of roles in his career, is rather amusing in his portrayal of Kam Ling, attempting to be ever so diplomatic at all times, almost like a chess player surmising his opponent's next move. Intrigue at its best.

Robert Morley as the Emperor is a fine example of dissolute excess, and shows us what imperialism can become - tedious and boring in the midst of riches so that his life is almost trivial in purpose. Morley always is a good supporting actor, in my opinion.

Of course there are many battles to be fought and won in the course of this film, all history in the making, however accurate or inaccurate it may be. By the way, for those critics who disparage the lack of true facts regarding the order of events, I'm reminded of Jan Sibelius' comment on "critics" in general. He said more or less in these words, that "no one ever built a monument to a critic" so let's not take them too seriously.

Enjoy the movie and pass the popcorn!


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