MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,400 this week

Khartoum (1966)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  15 June 1966 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 4,028 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 33 critic

After an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880's, the British government is in a quandary. It does not want to commit a British ... See full summary »

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 15 Oct 2011
 
K's
a list of 48 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 29 Mar 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 05 May 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Khartoum" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Khartoum (1966)

Khartoum (1966) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Khartoum.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Zulu Dawn (1979)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott
Zulu (1964)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Charlton Heston stars as an American soldier behind Italian lines in World War II. In order to communicate German movements to the Allies, he uses carrier pigeons fitted with messages. As ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Elsa Martinelli, Harry Guardino
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Marc Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor - Octavius.

Director: Charlton Heston
Stars: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter
Julius Caesar (1970)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

All star cast heads up this 1970 remake of the William Shakespeare classic tale of the betrayal of the the Roman senate against their emperor, the plotting and scheming that led up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge
Stars: Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud
El Cid (1961)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone
Counterpoint (1967)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Famous orchestra conductor is captured by the Germans in WW2, is forced to put on private concerts for the Nazi generals.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite ... See full summary »

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven
Julius Caesar (1950)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: David Bradley
Stars: Harold Tasker, Charlton Heston, David Bradley
Waterloo I (1970)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles
Midway (1976)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dramatization of the battle that turned out to be the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Sir Evelyn Baring
Johnny Sekka ...
Khaleel
...
Lord Granville
Zia Mohyeddin ...
Zobeir Pasha
Marne Maitland ...
Sheikh Osman
...
Gen. Wolseley
Hugh Williams ...
Lord Hartington
Ralph Michael ...
Douglas Wilmer ...
Khalifa Abdullah
Edward Underdown ...
Col. William Hicks
Peter Arne ...
Edit

Storyline

After an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880's, the British government is in a quandary. It does not want to commit a British military force to a foreign war but they have a commitment to protect the Egyptians in Khartoum. They decide to ask General Charles "Chinese" Gordon, something of a folk hero in the Sudan as he had cleared the area of the slave trade, to arrange for the evacuation. Gordon agrees but also decides to defend the city against the forces of the Mahdi - the expected one - and tries to force the British to commit troops. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

british | sudan | military | egyptian | general | See more »

Taglines:

Khartoum -- where the Nile divides, the great Cinerama adventure begins! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chartum  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~5.9 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.2 seconds. See more »

Goofs

Gordon has a friend in Khartoum executed for stealing grain. The man is killed by firing squad. In spite of being shot by a number of riflemen, his white clothing show absolutely no sign of injury. See more »

Quotes

Col. J.D.H. Stewart: Why did you let them talk you into this mission?
Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: As is well know, I, ah..regard myself as a religious man, yet I belong to no church. I'm an able soldier yet I abhor armies. I can even add that I've been introduced to hundreds of women but never married. in other words no one's ever talked me into anything.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lusting Hours (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Breathtaking movie with two exceptional actors : Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier
11 May 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The film is rightly based on historic deeds though was criticized for neglecting to mention the many very good reasons why Prime Minister Gladstone was reluctant to send an army into the Sudan . The Major General Gordon (Charlton Heston , but Burt Lancaster turned down the role) who participated in Crimea war (1854-56) and vanquished the Taeping's riots in China is assigned by Gladstone (Prime Minister and leader of Liberal party who along with Disraeli -Tory leader- forged the colonial empire) stifle Sudan's rebellious tribes ruled by the Mahdi (Laurence Olivier), nicknamed the ¨expected one¨ . Gordon had been governor of Khartoum for five years and he will have to dominate them but is besieged by the Arabs tribes in 1884 . Major Gordon (the real General was only 5 feet 5 inches tall) made a heroic defense during ten months . The expedition of help commanded by Lord Wolsey and the famous Kitchener (who soon after he'd finish Anglo-Boer war and created the first concentration camp) would arrive late .

The picture has extraordinary interpretations from main actors . Charlton Heston as the thoughtful and impulsive general is top-notch and Laurence Olivier as the fanatic Muslim is awesome . The support cast is equally outstanding , thus : Ralph Richardson (as Gladstone), Nigel Green (Wolsey) , Peter Arne (Kitchener) , among others . Colorful and shimmer cinematography by Edward Scaife is magnificent like is well reflected in desert landscapes ; it was shot in Ultra Panavision , though was later reduced for exhibition in 70mm and 35mm release prints and it was originally exhibited in Cinerama venues . Production design is overwhelming , it's the best part of the film . Battles staged by Yakima Canutt are spellbound and spectacular . Frank Cordell's musical score is rousing and impressively adjusted to historical film . The motion picture was perfectly directed by Basil Dearden , though Lewis Gilbert was attached as director at one point . The yarn will appeal to historic epic buffs and Charlton Heston fans . Rating : Very Good . Above average, well worth watching .


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tries too hard to be the next Lawrence of Arabia scheelj1
Glorification for someone who does not deserve it. Lacoby
Did anyone else laugh at Laurence Olivier's accent? de_niro_2001
AMAZING battle sequences!!! teejay6682
Beautiful Score by Frank Cordell Gordon_123
Statue? fusillade2000
Discuss Khartoum (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?