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The Mongols (1961)

I mongoli (original title)
Genghis Khan and his Mongol army invade Poland and lay siege to the city of Cracow. The Polish king tries to make peace in order to save his city, and Genghis Khan seems amenable to that. ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Palance ... Ogatai
Anita Ekberg ... Hulina
Antonella Lualdi ... Amina
Franco Silva ... Stepen of Crakow
Roldano Lupi Roldano Lupi ... Genghis Khan
Gabriella Pallotta Gabriella Pallotta ... Lutezia
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Igor
Gabriele Antonini Gabriele Antonini ... Temugin
George Wang ... Subodai
Lawrence Montaigne ... Prince Stefan's ally (as Lawrenc Montaigne)
Gianni Garko ... Henry de Valois
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Storyline

Genghis Khan and his Mongol army invade Poland and lay siege to the city of Cracow. The Polish king tries to make peace in order to save his city, and Genghis Khan seems amenable to that. However, his son Ogotai is itching for war, and his mistress eggs him on to defy his father and take the city. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Savage Era Explodes On The Screen!


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 August 1961 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mongols See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Popularized by John Green's Crash Course YouTube series (3-second raid scene) every time he uses the phrase "The Mongols". See more »

Goofs

During an invasion of the Mongols a character is seen dressed in a sleeveless jacket defending another nailed to a wheel. Ogotai (Jack Palance) drags him down with his whip, only this time the character has lost his sleeveless leather jacked, and is wearing only a wide shirt. See more »

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Referenced in Matinee (1993) See more »

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How could they ever make so many mistakes at once?
5 June 2005 | by ngc137See all my reviews

The story of this movie takes place in the middle ages at a time when Genghis Khan's Mongolian army was threatening Europe. It centers around the adventures of a Polish knight who wants to save the town Kraków from being taken by the cruel enemy.

The creators of the movie put much effort into the scenery and even more effort into the costumes. But they did not put any effort at all into the script or into acting. The plot is as simple-minded as if it had been invented by some twelve year old boys, playing cops and robbers. The dialog consists of stupid, hollow phrases. This alone would already make the movie a bad movie.

However its weaknesses go beyond that. The background music is not only unbearable symphonic rubbish. It is also inappropriately matched to the atmosphere of the individual scenes. Even the optical aspects that seem to have been the film maker's only focus are flawed. I do not have sufficient historical knowledge to judge about the historical correctness of costumes, weapons and other equipment. But I am quite sure that ordinary Polish women in the middle ages did not possess a hairstyle, makeup, and manicure like models in the early 1960's, especially if they were hiding from the Mongolian army in the marshland.

This having been said, it is almost unnecessary to mention that even the main story line is far from telling a true story about Genghis Khan's time.

There is no reason to watch this film, as long as you do not want to see how much can go wrong simultaneously with a single movie.


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