Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Conquest (1996)

aka Honfoglalas

How bad is it? It's long and boring.
Should you see it? Only if you're dying to see an Hungarian epic.

To celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the Magyars coming to what is now Hungary (and whether they were settling, invading or just meandered by is debatable), an epic film starring Anthony Quinn was planned. It appears the budget kept getting slashed and we're left with this minor biopic with a few shoddy battle scenes; there's one fight where the enemy should be a cast of thousands, but can be counted on one hand. The cinematography's okay (if perhaps at least partially shot on video), as is the music, the acting is okay, but there's little character development, no action and little dialog of interest.

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