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4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE RISE OF AN EMPIRE BUILDER'
Many are too critical of the film, it's 'Hollywood' - it's 'Cinema' produced to 'Entertain' 'Flirting loosely with History'
'Mongolian' born 'Temujin' (Omar Sharif) spends much of his youth and young manhood in the service of his
captor 'Jamuga' (Stephen Boyd) wearing a heavy 'yolk' around his neck imposed by his master.
A humble beginning indeed for a man...
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2.0 out of 5 stars "It's not only inaccurate, its inartistic!"
Shot on the cheap in Yugoslavia with its Mongol hordes played by such hardy types as, er, Michael Hordern and George Savalas, Henry Levin's Genghis Khan is the kind of bizarre international co-production where its star Omar Sharif isn't just billed last, he's billed last after the title and after such luminaries as Kenneth Cope (top billing goes to Stephen Boyd's...
Published on 29 Feb. 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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2.0 out of 5 stars "It's not only inaccurate, its inartistic!", 29 Feb. 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Shot on the cheap in Yugoslavia with its Mongol hordes played by such hardy types as, er, Michael Hordern and George Savalas, Henry Levin's Genghis Khan is the kind of bizarre international co-production where its star Omar Sharif isn't just billed last, he's billed last after the title and after such luminaries as Kenneth Cope (top billing goes to Stephen Boyd's scenery-chewing villain). But maybe he had a smart agent who was trying to hide his involvement in one of the tattiest `epics' to come from a major studio in the 1960s. That the script charting nice guy Temujin's rise to becoming the Great Khan is so weak and skips over all the interesting and far too expensive bits once he hit his rampaging prime is almost the least of its problems compared to the indignities heaped upon the supporting cast. You can't help but pity poor James Mason in the most ridiculous performance of his life, sporting makeup, a fixed grin and a silly sing-song voice that wouldn't cut the mustard in a fading seaside town's panto as a Chinese dignitary. Robert Morley's Emperor of China at least has the sense not to try the accent, though with dialogue like "It's not only inaccurate, its inartistic" he seems to have the measure of the film. Others, like Telly Savalas, disappear from most of the mid-section of the film as if only hired for a few days to beef up the `all-star' cast. It's a pretty unimpressive looking film too at times, marred by some extremely nasty horsefalls in the action scenes, and unfortunately a lot of them, that make it hard to recommend even as a guilty pleasure.

This one has a varied history on DVD. The Spanish DVD is well worth avoiding, being a panned-and-scanned transfer that makes the film look even more unimpressive, while the film is only available in the US as a manufactured-on-demand DVD-R from Columbia's archive collection with no extras, though it is in the original 2.35:1 widescreen. However, if you want a proper DVD copy, it's available from Columbia in Germany (you can find it on Amazon.de as Dschingis Khan) in a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with English and German soundtrack options but no extras - a shame, because there was a behind the scenes short film made at the time to promote the 1965 theatrical release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE RISE OF AN EMPIRE BUILDER', 26 Dec. 2014
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rbmusicman (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Genghis Khan [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Many are too critical of the film, it's 'Hollywood' - it's 'Cinema' produced to 'Entertain' 'Flirting loosely with History'
'Mongolian' born 'Temujin' (Omar Sharif) spends much of his youth and young manhood in the service of his
captor 'Jamuga' (Stephen Boyd) wearing a heavy 'yolk' around his neck imposed by his master.
A humble beginning indeed for a man destined to conquer much of the known World.
He escapes his captors and returns to his small tribe where as his Father before him, he will lead them, with his
ever present advisor/Holy-man and friend 'Geen' (Michael Horden) by his side, he will never forget his years as a
captive, but for now, is eager to learn.
His Teacher and friend 'Geen' tells him of a divided and troubled 'Mongol' nation, and off the riches of far off lands,
which troubles 'Temujin'
He dreams of a united nation and a share of he wealth enjoyed by others......slowly he builds a following uniting many
tribes.
He steals the woman adversary 'Jamuja' intended to marry 'Bortel' (Francoise Dorleac) for his own..........
He wants no war with 'Jamuja' until his forces grow much stronger and his knowledge is expanded, upon their journey
they come across 'Kam Ling' (James Mason)t who's carriage had broken on the road back to 'Peking' he's the Emperor
foreign emissary, 'Temujin' offers help.
'Kam Ling' is escorted to the Great Wall by 'Temujin' and his followers, 'Kam Ling' will become 'Temujin's' close advisor
during the years to come.
The Chinese Emperor welcomes 'Temujin' and his followers, the 'Mongol' will learn much from his hosts, however in the
fullness of time they will leave, to try and unite a nation and conquer others.
However, a meeting and conclusion to the long running feud with 'Jamuja' an inevitability.
The film includes many well know stars of the silver screen in addition to those mentioned including - 'Robert Morley' -
'Telly Savalas' and 'Eli Wallach' among them.
The film a spectacle of it's day '1965'.........following the rise of 'Genghis Khan' (Temujin) of course his sons carried on the vision their Father had, his Grandson 'Kublai Khan' even more so as History tells...............worth a viewing
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, April 9, 2003, 9 April 2003
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This review is from: Genghis Khan [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Filmed in Yugoslavia it tells the story of his humble beginnings, forcasting his destiny through the mark of blood on his hand to the unification of the Mongol tribes from fragmented nomads in to a conquering nation, who intimated all the people's around them. The journey takes them from Central Asia through China to Persia. The story is told with good costume and adventure. Omar Sharif has the imposing image as the powerful ruler. The late Francoise Dorleac is perfect as his beautiful and intelligent wife.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince Of The Conquerers, The Genghis Khan., 21 April 2010
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Made in 1965 this film is one version of Genghis Khan's life and death. Although it is unaccurate it is still an absorbing story. Actually starring Stephan Boyd as Jamucha,leader of the Merkit tribe ( a solid performence ) Genghis' enemy, with Michael Horden, Kenneth Cope, and the gorgeouse (late ) Francoise Dorleac as Borte, the Khan's number 1 wife it boasts a solid cast with Omar Sharif as Genghis Khan. The general scenery is breathtaking,and the entrance into Peking of the Khan's followeres is a memorable scene. Its boys own stuff and great to watch. If i am picky , then perhaps a little more historic accuracy would have helped. Its not for girls this epic.Genghis Khan (1965) ( Dschingis Khan ) (Region 2 import)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film., 19 Jun. 2014
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This is a very good historical film with plenty of action and a good storyline. Well acted and it is certainly worth viewing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MADE UP WITH THIS I have another copy but it ..., 8 Aug. 2014
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MADE UP WITH THIS I have another copy but it is hard to get the English so this copy is brill thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 12 Sept. 2014
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super movie
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Aug. 2014
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I love this film so I was pleased to get it a good price good value
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omar Sharif, 27 April 2014
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Mr. Paul J. Clawson (Milton Keynes Bucks UK) - See all my reviews
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Great film one of the best early version of this story far better than The Conqueror (John Wayne). The film is a must if you are a fan of Omar Sharif
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 3 Mar. 2013
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Mr. D. Macbeth "shulishader" (western isles) - See all my reviews
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Waited for years to see this on DVD and watched it within five minutes of it getting through the door. They just dont make em like this any more
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