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Genghis Khan (1965)

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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Henry Levin

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Clarke Reynolds (screenplay), Beverley Cross (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Jamuga
Omar Sharif ... Genghis Khan / Temujin-Genghis Khan
James Mason ... Kam Ling
Eli Wallach ... The Shah Of Khwarezm
Françoise Dorléac ... Bortei (as Francoise Dorleac)
Telly Savalas ... Shan
Robert Morley ... The Emperor Of China
Michael Hordern ... Geen
Yvonne Mitchell ... Katke
Woody Strode ... Sengal
Kenneth Cope ... Subodai
Roger Croucher Roger Croucher ... Kassar
Don Borisenko Don Borisenko ... Jebai
Patrick Holt ... Kuchluk
Susanne Hsiao 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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Taglines:

Conqueror Of The World's Mightiest Empire! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | West Germany | Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genghis Khan See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,332, 22 February 2008

Gross USA:

$3,892
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Yvonne Shima. See more »

Goofs

James Mason used a "glass" mirror to signal the soldiers of the emperor, the glass mirror was invented in 1835 in Germany, in the times of Genghis Khan, a polished metal like copper or bronze was used as mirror. See more »

Quotes

Temujin, later Genghis Khan: No woman will be taken against her will.
Shan: But Lord, that's what women are for! And besides, the best have already been taken!
Temujin, later Genghis Khan: A wise man does not judge a horse by its saddle markings!
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Alternate Versions

All UK releases are cut by 1 min 3 secs. The cinema version was cut for nudity and later video releases also included additional edits for horse-falls and to a rape scene. See more »

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not bad for a horse opera
11 October 2006 | by mmarotta1See all my reviews

Yes, the quip about the Mikado Road Company is correct. That said, this non-biography is not far as from the Lamb book as the recent TROY was from Homer. It is a fact of mythography that each retelling reflects the time and place. We grant validity to the archaic Sigurd and the medieval Siegfried, and to Wagner's. So, too, is this recasting of Genghis Khan not a biography, but a myth. Accept it for that and the story is as good a movie as "Damn Yankees" was about baseball or "South Pacific" was about World War II. In fact, maybe if this movie had a song or two... "Conquer the World" "Stepping Along the Steppes" "My Horse's Milk" ... well, perhaps not...


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