Saturday, February 11, 2006

Email Recall in Film - Films considered the worst ever

Well pilgrim, how come yer glowin' green?

The Conqueror (1956)
A Howard Hughes-funded box-office disaster featuring John Wayne as Genghis Khan and the redheaded Susan Hayward as a Tatar princess. The movie was filmed in Utah downwind from an atomic testing range in Nevada and is often blamed for the cancer deaths of many of the cast and crew, including both Hayward and Wayne (although according to an A&E Network Biography episode, Wayne typically smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day). Appears in Michael Sauter's book The Worst Movies of All Time and made the ten-worst list in The Book of Lists. Hughes thought the movie was so bad that he bought up every copy (which cost him about $12 million) and he refused to distribute the film until 1974, when Paramount reached a deal with him. This would be the last film that Hughes would produce.

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