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Genghis Khan (1965)

During the thirteenth century, the shy Mongol boy Temujin (Carlo Cura) becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan (Omar Sharif), 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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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 Genghis Khan (Omar Sharif), the Mongol warlord whose thirteenth century armies conquered much of the known world. Named Temujin (Carlo Cura), he was taken prisoner by the rival warlord Jamuga (Stephen Boyd), and as punishment, was forced to wear a large round wooden stock that severely restricted his movements. With the help of two supporters, the wiseman Geen (Sir Michael Hordern) and the strongman Sengal (Woody Strode), he manages to escape. He now begins his quest to unify all of the Mongol tribes. He faces great success, but his old nemesis Jamuga keeps appearing at various times in his life, leading to a final battle between the two. Written by garykmcd

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


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | West Germany | Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Yvonne Shima (Concubine). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 the most accurate of films about Genghis Khan, but at least it's enjoyable in a silly, entertaining way
19 March 2006 | by tony-petersonSee all my reviews

Genghis Khan (1965) This is probably not the most accurate of films about Genghis Khan, but at least it's enjoyable in a silly, entertaining way. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I can see it's not all it should be, but I like it nonetheless.

I'm not a big fan of Omar Sharif, but, in the title role, he's rather good and a lot better here than he was in DOCTOR ZHIVAGO or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.

The film features very stereotypical Chinese characters and co-stars Robert Morely and James Mason both look and act like two characters from Gilbert and Sullivan's THE MIKADO. It's rather ludicrous, but, once again, enjoyable.

Production values are high and Dusan Radic's music score is not only evocative but one of the best from the mid-1960's.


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