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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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Dick Powell

Writer:

Oscar Millard
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"This Tartar woman is for me and my blood says take her!" See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conqueror of the Desert See more »

Filming Locations:

Warner Canyon, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Average Shot: 8.2 seconds. Median Shot: 7.5 seconds. See more »

Goofs

In many of the "day for night" shots, the tents, animals and people all cast very strong shadows. See more »

Quotes

Temujin: While I live, while my blood burns hot, your daughter is not safe in her tent.
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One of the best bad movies ever made.
5 November 2002 | by pickwick9See all my reviews

Whoever made the decision to cast John Wayne as the young Genghis Khan either had too much imagination or too little. I have rarely laughed so hard at a movie which was trying so hard to be serious. My favourite lines: "My heart tells me this Tartar woman is for me" and "Share the booty" (both of which have become regularly quoted catchlines among the friends who have seen this). Gather some friends, have a few drinks (or more than a few), and watch this film. You'll gasp, you'll groan, you'll wonder if the casting director and scriptwriter were legally sane.


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