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Conqueror, the

John Wayne , Susan Hayward , Dick Powell    Unrated   VHS Tape
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite John Wayne movies Dec 29 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I read all of the reviews written here. I happen to like the movie. It does much better justice to the charactors then the Omar Shariff version. I think John Wayne made a great looking Mongolian warlord. Personally I am tired of the same old western where the only thing that changes are the names of the charactors & the state they're in. This is more like The Quiet Man or Fort Apache & by far better than the "B" Westerns he did in the 30's to war hero of the 40's & 50's & then coybowed himself to death before he became a cop in the 70's. Being how it's a different role. A role in which John Wayne as well as the beautiful Susan Hayward played very well. I though it to be very convincing. The love hate relationship between them was superb. More action could of been added considering the story line. But I love it just the way it is. Me & my little collection of 10 John Wayne movies shall live happily ever after. All I can sum up is that regardless of the movie or the type of role John Wayne & Susan Hayward did great jobs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. May 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I know alot of people will disagree with the idea of John Wayne as a the great Mongolian conqueror, but if one remembers this film was in the 1950's America, it fits. It is the ultimate idea of placing America's great hero in a the role of any hero for any culture. If you want to see a realistic rendition of history pass this title over. However,if you want to see a great action hero play one the greatest action heros of all time this is for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Duke in the Gobi! Jan. 30 2002
Format:DVD
Contrary to the critics in general and the reviewers here in
particular, The Conqueror is actually a pretty good film, if you're
a John Wayne fan, or just enjoy Hollywood spectaculars as they
were made back in the '50s. Wayne was not as miscast as one
might think. He certainly had the strength of character and screen
presence to play Temujin/Genghis Khan and he looked good in the
oriental mustache and the Mongol warrior garb. The dialog here is
no dumber than in any other Hollywood historical saga of that
time (or of this time, either, for that matter. Remember Russell
Crowe in Gladiator: "At my signal, unleash Hell!"?)
Movie lore has it that The Conqueror was filmed on location in
Utah either on or near an atomic test site, and that many of the cast
and crew later died from radiation-induced cancers. It may be
true, or it may be just mythology. There were no nuclear test sites
in Utah, but the shooting location could have been near the
Nevada test site. Director Powell and cast members Wayne,
Hayward, Moorehead, and John Hoyt did die from cancer, but of
different types and years apart. Many others died from other
causes. Pedro Armendariz committed suicide. Thomas Gomez
died from an auto accident. Lee Van Cleef died of a heart attack.
And some lived to a ripe old age. Leo Gordon, for instance,
passed away just last year, at the age of78, after a brief illness.
Gordon was a scriptwriter as well as an actor, and wrote two
classic Roger Corman movies: The Terror, and The Wasp
Woman.
The Conqueror also had the distinction of having a Playboy
Playmate, Pat Lawler (Miss August 1955) in a bit part. Ms.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Made for MST3k... Sept. 25 2000
Format:DVD
This film is a tragedy in more ways than one.
The Duke, God bless
him, is totally out of place in the role of Kahn. From all reports, he
really threw himself into the role because he thought he could pull it
off and wanted to do a good job. Unfortunately, all of the Duke's
mighty powers were not enough to make this picture gel.
Not only is
the picture laughable, but it was shot on part of an atomic testing
range. Some of the radioactive soil was transported back to Hollywood
for the soundstage shots, which didn't help matters. Many of the cast
and crew succumbed to cancer in later years, including the Duke
himself.
Many of my fellow reviewers have noted the laughable lines,
but there is one that has so far gone unmentioned, which has always
stuck with me:
"[After her] all other women are like the second
pressing of the grape!"
...or something to that effect.
It's
hard to believe this is on DVD when there are so many other, more
worthy films that could be transferred to the medium.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I love ya, Duke; but what were you thinking? Aug. 17 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"The Conqueror" is a must for all fans of bad movies! It is quite simply the pot of gold at the end of a bad movie lover's rainbow. This is one extremely, unintentionally funny movie. What is there not to like here? There's red haired Susan Hayward as a Tartar princess, "authentic" Mongolian dance numbers, silly battle scenes with lots and lots of horses falling down, Agnes Moorhead's impression of a talking prune, and, of couse, John Wayne, THE DUKE, as Genghis Khan! The dialogue is a scream, "Yor beeeautiful in yer wrath!" Now imagine the Duke saying that with a fu manchu moustache and a me-Tarzan-you-Jane accent and you get an inkling of the awfulness of "The Conqueror."
John Wayne is my all-time favorite actor, yet even I burst out laughing at his ridiculous performance in this movie. Even funnier is the knowledge that this was one of the movies eccentric millionare Howard Hughes watched compulsively over and over again during his self-imposed hermitage. "The Conqueror" is one of the weirdest, funniest movies ever to come out of Hollywood!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The infamous bad film that killed John Wayen and many others
"The Conqueror" is a movie that is infamous in Hollywood history for two reasons, neither of which is a good. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inadvertently hilarious
I laughed so hard I got a side ache.
A 12 million dollar production by the goofy Howard Hughes, directed by Dick Powell in the Utah desert and starring John Wayne, Susan... Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by L. C. Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars As bad as people say!
"The Conqueror most certainly lives up to its billing as one of the most ridiculously awful films ever made. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Movie Buff's Dream
If you're a fellow masochist when it comes to movies, and revel in the "what-were-they-thinking" giggles that are provided by "Plan 9 From Outer Space",... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by R. Aronin
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheezefest deluxe; good transfer; mfg defect
Three quick points:
- The movie is a hoot.
- The Goodtimes Video transfer looks and sounds pretty darned good. The 2. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2002 by Stephen R Pendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood 's Best Flop
There is no reason to watch this very lenghly , grandiose epic. Except for the seductive Sword Dance by powdered,buffed and very beautiful Susan Hayward . Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by The jonquil
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's best flop
There is no reason to watch this very lenghly, grandiose epic about Ghengis Kahn and his love affair with Bortai, the exotic siren of Hollywood legends. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by The jonquil
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's best flop
There is no reason to watch this very lenghly, grandiose epic about Ghengis Kahn and his love affair with Bortai, the exotic siren of Hollywood legends. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by The jonquil
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's best flop
There is no reason to watch this very lenghly, grandiose epic about Ghengis Kahn and his love afair with Bortai, the exotic siren of Hollywood legends. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by The jonquil
1.0 out of 5 stars Retrograde Arnold Schwartzenegger impersonation
In an attempt to mimick to Gobi desert, this John Wayne movie was filmed in "Snow Canyon" just north of St, George, Utah, along with other localities in Utah. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2001 by "desertlynx"
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