The Conqueror (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Conqueror (1956)





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In the historical epic The Conqueror, John Wayne stars as Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan. Red-haired Susan Hayward costars as Bortai, the Tartar princess whom Temujin claims as the spoils of battle. Eventually, Bortai's hatred for her captor metamorphoses into love, while Temujin's hordes lay claim to the entire Gobi Desert. Director Dick Powell, many of the actors (John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, Thomas Gomez, Agnes Moorehead), and several of the crew members later fell victim to cancer, allegedly the result of producer Howard Hughes' decision to lens the film on location near the atomic testing grounds in the Utah desert.


John Wayne
as Temujin
Thomas Gomez
as Wang Kahn
John Hoyt
as Shaman
Peter Mamakos
as Bogurchi
Leo Gordon
as Tartar Captain
Richard Loo
as Captain of Wang's guard
Billy Curtis
as Midget Tumbler
Sylvia Lewis
as Solo dancer
Jarma Lewis
as Girl in bath
John George
as Drummer boy
Michael Granger
as 1st chieftain
Fred Aldrich
as 2nd chieftain
Paul Hoffman
as 3rd chieftain
Lane Bradford
as 4th chieftain
Michael Wayne
as Mongol guard
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Critic Reviews for The Conqueror

All Critics (3)

John Wayne in the role he was born to never play.

March 2, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Howard Hughes' anachronistic saga is one of the worst films ever made with an embarrassing performance of John Wayne as Genghis Khan the Warrior.

November 10, 2006 | Rating: F | Full Review…

No one comes out of this train wreck holding their head up.

February 28, 2006 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Conqueror


John Wayne as a Mongolian warlord HAS to be one of the worst casting jobs in the history of Cinema. I love The Duke as much as anyone, but Genghis Khan he ain't.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Dear Lord God, what were they thinking...? Featuring easily the worst piece of casting in cinematic history, John Wayne stars as Genghis Khan (yes, you read that right) in the story of his life. It is quite funny for about 10 minutes, until you realise that it's quite mind-buggering dull. One star for the curiosity value, but otherwise a total waste of celluloid. The fact that financial backer Howard Hughes paid $12 million to recall every print in existence so no-one could see it should tell you everything you need to know!

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


jay nixon
jay nixon

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