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The Conqueror ()


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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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Temujin, later Genghis Khan
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Bortai
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Jamuga (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Hunlun
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Wang Khan
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Shaman
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Kasar
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Kumlek
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Targutai
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Chepei
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Bogurchi
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Tartar Captain
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Captain of Wang's guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Chieftain #2 (uncredited)
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Honest John (uncredited)
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Jalair (uncredited)
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Chieftain #4 (uncredited)
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Tartar (uncredited)
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Dancer in Wang's Palace (uncredited)
John Daheim ...
Tartar Guard Sounding Alarm (uncredited)
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Drummer Boy (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ...
Bortai's Slave Woman (uncredited)
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Subuya - Mongol Warrior (uncredited)
Michael Granger ...
Chieftain #1 (uncredited)
Robert Hinkle ...
Monk (uncredited)
David Hoffman ...
Potter (uncredited)
Paul Hoffman ...
Chieftain #3 (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Pat Lawler ...
Wang Khan's Wife (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ...
Mongol (uncredited)
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Girl in Bath (uncredited)
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Solo Dancer (uncredited)
Pat McMahon ...
Girl in Bath (uncredited)
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Scribe (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ...
Temple Dancer (uncredited)
Norman S. Powell ...
Mongol Guard (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Sibilant Sam (uncredited)
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Sorgan - Mongol Warrior (uncredited)
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Wang Khan's Wife (uncredited)
Carl Vernell ...
Merkit Captain (uncredited)
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Mongul Guard (uncredited)
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Mongol Guard (uncredited)
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(uncredited)

Directed by

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Dick Powell

Written by

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Oscar Millard ... (written by)

Produced by

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Dick Powell ... producer
Richard Sokolove ... associate producer
Howard Hughes ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Victor Young

Cinematography by

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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

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Robert Ford
Kennie Marstella

Editorial Department

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Stuart Gilmore ... editorial supervisor

Art Direction by

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Carroll Clark
Albert S. D'Agostino

Set Decoration by

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Al Orenbach ... (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist
Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Web Overlander ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Edward Killy ... assistant director
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director

Sound Department

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Walter Elliott ... sound effects
Bernard Freericks ... sound
Terry Kellum ... sound

Special Effects by

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Daniel Hays ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Linwood G. Dunn ... photographic effects (as Linwood Dunn)
Albert Simpson ... photographic effects

Stunts

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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

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Yvonne Wood ... costumes: men
Michael Woulfe ... costumes: Miss Hayward

Music Department

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... music supervisor
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator

Other crew

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William J. Hole Jr. ... script supervisor (as William Hole Jr.)
Howard Hughes ... presenter
Robert Sidney ... choreographer
Mel Koontz ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Ian Murray ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson ... wrangler (uncredited)
Norm Taylor ... wrangler (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Le conquérant (France)
  • Der Eroberer (Germany)
  • El conquistador de Mongolia (Spain)
  • El conquistador (Argentina)
  • El conquistador (Venezuela)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $12,000,000

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Trivia The film is sometimes called "An RKO Radioactive Picture." It was filmed near a nuclear test site, and the set was contaminated by nuclear fallout. Photographs exist of John Wayne holding a Geiger counter. After location shooting, contaminated soil was transported back to Hollywood in order to match interior shooting done there. Over the next 20 years, many actors and crew members developed cancer. "People" Magazine researched the cast and crew's health for an article. By the time it was published, in November 1980, 91 of the 220 cast and crew members had developed cancer. Forty-six had died, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz (who shot himself soon after learning he had terminal cancer), Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt and director Dick Powell. Lee Van Cleef had throat cancer, but died of a heart attack. The count did not include several hundred local Native Americans who played extras, or relatives of the cast and crew who visited the set, including John Wayne's son Michael Wayne. The article quoted the reaction of a scientist from the Pentagon's Defense Nuclear Agency to the news, "Please, God, don't let us have killed John Wayne". As of June 2011, the "People" article is available in its archive online. See more »
Goofs When Temujin throws a spear at a man in a stream, the wire guiding it is visible. The spear's trajectory is also wobbly. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Middle Ages (1987). See more »
Quotes Temujin: I feel this Tartar woman is for me, and my blood says, take her. There are moments for wisdom and moments when I listen to my blood; my blood says, take this Tartar woman.
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