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Khartoum (1966)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 June 1966 (USA)
In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi.

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Khaleel
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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

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THEY SAY THE NILE STILL RUNS RED FROM THE BATTLE OF KHARTOUM! See more »


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15 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Kartum  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Wicki was in the running to direct, and Heston was keen to get either Guy Green (who had done Diamond Head (1962), and helped out on 55 Days at Peking (1963) when everything was falling apart), or Ken Hughes to helm this large scale epic. See more »

Goofs

Prime Minister Gladstone is shown in Parliament sitting on a red bench. The benches of the House of Commons have traditionally always been green. See more »

Quotes

The Mahdi: It is sometimes wise, Gordon Pasha, to provide the man with a few sunny hours of fraudulent hope so that when night comes he will have a more perfect inward vision of the truth of his hopelessness.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.96 (2006) See more »

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wonderful,semi-historical epic
13 November 2001 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

This film, which I saw in downtown Detroit when I was eight years old,remains one of my all-time favorites.Its a little talky, a little pretentious, but still grand fun, with exciting battle sequences, wonderful, over the top performances,and a truly stirring, if corny score. Robert Ardrey, notorious theorist of the "territorial imperative",wrote the script, and Basil Dearden directed. Martin Scorsese once listed it among his guilty pleasures.


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