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Genghis Khan
     

Genghis Khan

Director: Henry Levin

Cast: Stephen Boyd, Omar Sharif, James Mason

 

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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,

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2010
UPC:
0043396354791
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
44,351

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Boyd Jamuga
Omar Sharif Temulin-Genghis Khan
James Mason Kam Ling
Eli Wallach Shah of Khwarezm
Françoise Dorléac Bortei
Robert Morley Emperor of China
Telly Savalas Shan
Michael Hordern Geen
Woody Strode Sengal
Kenneth Cope Suhadoi
Don Borisenko Jebai
Patrick Holt Kuchiuk
George Savalas Toktoa
Edwina Carroll Concubine
Sally Douglas Concubine
Yvonne Shima Concubine
Lucille Soong Concubine
Esther Anderson Concubine
Gustavo Rojo Altan
Carmen Dene Actor
Roger Croucher Massar
Yvonne Mitchell Katke

Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Irving Allen Producer
Maurice Carter Art Director
Beverley Cross Screenwriter
Geoffrey Foot Editor
Berkley Mather Original Story,Screenwriter
Dusan Radic Score Composer
Clarke Reynolds Screenwriter
Toni Sarzi-Braga Set Decoration/Design
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Cynthia Tingey Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
David Warrington Special Effects
Bill Warrington Special Effects

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