|GENGHIS KHAN (director: Henry Levin; screenwriters: Beverley Cross/ Clarke Reynolds/story by Berkely Mather; cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth; editor: Geoffrey Foot; music: Dusan Radic; cast: Omar Sharif (Genghis Khan), Stephen Boyd (Jamuga), James Mason (Kam Ling), Francoise Dorleac (Princess Bortei), Yvonne Mitchell (Katke), Robert Morley (The Emperor of China), Michael Hordern (Geen), Telly Savalas (Shan), Eli Wallach (The Shah of Khwarezm), Woody Strode (Sengal); Runtime: 124; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Irving Allen; Columbia Pictures; 1965)|
|"A disappointing fictionalized
account of the life of Ghenghis Khan."
by Dennis Schwartz
disappointing fictionalized account of the life of
Ghenghis Khan, as it lacks the requisite grandeur of
a sweeping epic. It tells about the ruthless Mongol
warlord Genghis Khan, whose 13th century
armies conquered much of the world. Under the
misguided flat direction of Henry Levin ("Murderers'
Row"/"Deperadoes"/"Jamaican Gold") this adventure
story biopic has no hope. The dialogue by writers
Beverley Cross and Clarke
Reynolds is juvenile and filled with
clichés. It's adapted from the story by Berkely
Merkit Mongol leader Jamuga (Stephen Boyd)
executes the Mongol chieftain father of young Prince Temujin
(Omar Sharif) in front of him. The prince is enslaved
with his people. When a young adult Temujin
escapes in the mountains and is followed by the
black strongman mute Senegal (Woody Strode)
and the wise-man Geen (Michael Hordern).
kidnaps Princess Bortei (Francoise
Dorleac) from Jamuga's kingdom and
she marries him. He recruits her brothers into his
newly formed army, and plans to unite the warring
factions of the Mongols to get revenge on Jamuga. He's
aided by the Chinese King Liam (James Mason). Mason
looks ridiculous as a Chinese king.
is conquered by Temujin, he's given the title of
The meandering, slow-moving epic, terribly miscast, is filled with brutality and pandering low-life comedy. But as bad as it becomes, it still is watchable because of all the battle scenes and is reasonably entertaining for such a bad film.
REVIEWED ON 4/28/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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