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Genghis Khan (1965)





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The internationally produced historical epic Genghis Khan sometimes wavers uncertainly between spectacle and self-parody. Though Omar Sharif essays the title role, top billing is bestowed upon Stephen Boyd as Genghis Khan's mentor-turned-enemy Jamuga. It's hard to generate audience sympathy for a Mongolian leader who laid waste to much of the civilized world, but Sharif manages to pull it off. While the battle scenes are impressive, the most memorable sequence involves an outsized fireworks display (which turns out to be a clever bit of military strategy). James Mason is amusing as an epigrammatic Chinese leader, Eli Wallach is appropriately hissable as the film's main villain, and the late Francoise Dorleac is decorative as the romantic bone of contention between Genghis Khan and Jamuga. Most of the film was lensed in Yugoslavia, a country that served as a generic location for many a historical pageant of the 1960s and 1970s.


Omar Sharif
as Temujin-Genghis Khan
James Mason
as Kam Ling)
Eli Wallach
as The Shah of Khwarezm
Robert Morley
as Emperor of China)
Woody Strode
as Sengal)
Kenneth Cope
as Subotai
Patrick Holt
as Kuchiuk)
Carlo Cura
as Genghis, as a Child
Dusan Vujisic
as Ho Mun Tim
Yamata Pauli
as Indian Girl
Linda Loncar
as Indian Girl
Branislav Radovic
as Slave Dealer
Zvonko Jovcic
as Slave Dealer
Dominique Don
as Concubine
Edwina Carroll
as Concubine
Carmen Dene
as Concubine
Nora Forster
as Concubine
Jatta Falke
as Concubine
Yvonne Shima
as Concubine
May Spils
as Concubine
Sally Douglas
as Concubine
Chieko Huber
as Concubine
Elke Kroger
as Concubine
Ursel Mumoth
as Concubine
Lucille Soong
as Concubine
Esther Anderson
as Concubine
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A disappointing fictionalized account of the life of Ghenghis Khan.

May 1, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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