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Genghis Khan (1965)

Stephen Boyd , James Mason , Henry Levin  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Omar Sharif, Eli Wallach
  • Directors: Henry Levin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044X1Y0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Genghis Khan" on IMDb

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Producer Irving Allen's 1965 production, Genghis Khan, was clearly intended to rank with the epics of the day, with its location production (Yugoslavia, rather than Asia), stars (including Omar Sharif, James Mason, and Eli Wallach), and high production values (Cinemascope and Technicolor), but the film didn't quite live up to its ambition. Perhaps because of its revisionist approach to the subject matter ("no woman will be taken against her will," declares Sharif, as Genghis), or the cross-cultural casting (Robert Morley as the Chinese Emperor) the film never really found an audience. Despite missteps, there are many things to recommend it: the beautiful cinemascope photography (by Geoffrey Unsworth), an excellent cast (including Stephen Boyd, Telly Savalas, Woody Strode, and Francoise Dorleac), and a compelling story about the boy Temujin who rises from an outcast slave to leader of all the tribes of Mongols against his hated nemesis Jamuga (Boyd, an adversary reminiscent of his Messala in Ben-Hur). While not an accurate history lesson about the mighty Khan, it is certainly rousing entertainment. Newly remastered.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey--Bring This One Back! January 30, 2000
By strega2
Format:VHS Tape
I'll confess up front--I loved this movie! I thought it would be just another Hollywood botch-up of history--and it did take some liberties--but as an adventure and costume epic, it certainly delivered. Omar Sharif and Stephen Boyd seemd to be having a grand time playing their larger-than-life characters; James Mason and Robert Morley were unconvincing as Chinese, but turned in their usual fine performances. The late Francoise Dorleac, sister of Catherine Denueve, is touching and believable as Genghis Khan's beautiful and intelligent wife. This one deserves to be brought back. Don't expect the level of "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Gandhi" but as an adventure movie, it's colorful and lots of fun.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic February 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is an epic in the true sense of the word, about a man from humble beginings who unites a nation through shear willpower. The cast led by Omar Sharif is excellent (watch in particular Telly Savalas). From Mongolia to China through the Persian empire, the movie also serves as a lesson in history, love, family ties and justice. In the movie, Omar Shariff begins what many feel is his destiny which is the unification of the Mongol tribes so that they are no longer petty in the eyes of their neighbors who think of them as just savages. The costume designs are unequaled (Chinese & Persian), and the war scenes are brilliant. A date movie for both people.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Distorted History On A Grand Scale October 26, 2010
Format:DVD
I always liked this film, as a boy seeing it on the big screen, I was fascinated by its sweep and action. 45 years later, the film still looks good but the mind boggles at some of the casting choices for the roles. James Mason and Robert Morley as Chinese royalty is a bit of a stretch although Telly Savalas and Woody Strode are always welcome. The crux of the story is carried by the love rivalry between Omar Sharif (fresh from 'LAWRENCE OF ARABIA') and Stephen Boyd who gives his character, Jamuga, the same sleaziness that he brought to the role of Messala in 'BEN-HUR' who both want to own the beautiful Francois Dorleac (sister of Catherine Deneueve)and who would die suddenly in an car crash a few years later. This film is a co-production of British and Yugoslavian filmmakers and are the same people who gave us that great viking guilty pleasure, 'THE LONG SHIPS' with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. 'GENGHIS KHAN' retains Berkley Mather and Beverley Cross as the story and screenplay writers, the music score is by Dusan Radic who gives both films a symphonic sweep that aids the storylines and they are produced by Irving Allen. Directed by Hollywood stalwart, Henry Levin , with stunning cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (years before 'STAR WARS'), the film is a great Saturday Matinee hoot. Columbia has released this as a made to order DVD-R and it looks great with its true 2.35 aspect ratio represented excellently and the sound was incredible through my sound system. If you are a fan of the film (like I am), click the add to cart button. The price may be steep but to see this entertaining rarity in its original form may harken you back to the movie days before CGI effects and when less was more. It's a true need to be rediscovered gem of a film .
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the historic Genghis Khan, and yet... April 21, 2011
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Of the many Epic movies which appeared between 1953 and 1969, this is not one of the worst ones, although if you are looking for Asian-born actors here, you might be heavily disappointed.

Never forget, that this is still the Studio System period, and as such ethnic considerations were not held up at all.

This is why all the roles covered here, are stuffed with British and American actors.

OK. OK. The only exception being Omar Sharif, who being Egyptian by birth, got the starring role. But he just played a Russian in "Doctor Zhivago" and was considered able to play the main character in this one.

Still and although not truly faithfully following the historic footsteps of the rise to power of Temujin, a.k.a. Genghis Khan, it is a very entertaining romp about the subject.

The movie is filled with stars such as Robert Morley as the Emperor of China, James Mason, Stephen Boyd, Eli Wallach, Michael Hordern, Telly Savalas and Woody Strode.

In its naivete, it is still a very watchable and entertaining movie. Consider it as a variation on the theme and as an adventure movie (which by that time were very popular).

The sets are nevertheless sumptuous, the costumes are gorgeous, and the music by Dusan Radic (I suppose of Yugoslavian origin and who already did score "The Long Ships" for Hollywood) is in a weird way, very appropriate for this kind of spectacle.

If you are willing to forget the historic inadequacies of this product and are prepared to accept a little showbiz instead, then welcome aboard.

The DVD (I own a Spanish Columbia Classics Full Screen copy and this Columbia/Sony presentation in Widescreen), is impeccable.
The Columbia/Sony is far superior, since it sports the full 2.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colorful epic about the life of Genghis Khan. October 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film, made in 1965, is a colorful epic starring Omar Sharif as the powerful ruler. This film begins when the main character is just a young man, and tells about his rise to power, and also his pursuit of the love of his life. It is a powerful movie, with an excellent score. Hard to find video, but well worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Entertainment
Great 1960's movie with the same feel of movies such as Ben Hur and Cleopatra. Great cast and action. This movie isn't given the attention or props it deserved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven LaPata
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I just didn't like the end of the movie. it was just too sappy for me. Other then that it was good.
Published 4 months ago by Oswego Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars one of those from a time long ago when families actually did things...
because this was the exact movie I have been looking for and waiting for to come out on DVD for a long time it was perfect.... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dad present
Gift for my dad & he LOVES it. I don't get the appeal but if you need a present for an older man in your life, this is the one you want!
Published 6 months ago by Amy L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
"Genghis Khan," the DVD I purchased through AMAZON arrived a day earlier. This movie brought back old memories as it is truly one of the few made about him. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Professor Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful old movie
This is one of the childhood memories relived. Never thought I would be able to see this movie again, but now I own it. Life's good. And so is this movie.
Published 10 months ago by Hannelore A.Collingwood
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for some mindless entertainment
I saw this when I was a kid and loved it, so I ordered it in the hopes I still would. It was barley watchable which just goes to show you that we can't go back in time lol.
Published 11 months ago by TallJ1953
3.0 out of 5 stars Just good for entertainment, not great.
Good production, but not authenticaly accurate. It fails to potray the way Gengdhis khan should have been potayed.
Borte his wife was not a caucasian but a mongolian.
Published 11 months ago by William David
4.0 out of 5 stars Action plus
OK it was made in the sixties and therefore the scale was limited but at least the movie began and ended with his life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Big John MacK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Khan
The Two main actors Stephen Boyd and Omar Sharif were great.This one most people have forgotten this movie.Give it a try,It's Very Good
Published 14 months ago by TOM
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