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


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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Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kartum  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Peter Arne is dubbed. See more »


As Hicks is helped up during the first battle scenes, a bloody spear point is visible sticking out of his chest prior to him being struck by the spear. See more »


Zobeir Pasha: [disbelieving] The General will defend me. The great Christian hero will defend Zobeir the slaver.
Zobeir Pasha: Before I receive my country from your bloody hands, I shall see it die. You killed my son!
Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: I executed him.
Zobeir Pasha: Do you have sons, Gordon Pasha? Do you have sons? No! You killed mine!
Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: God forgive me, Zobeir but let the dead bury their dead.
Zobeir Pasha: You killed my flesh, my blood, my Suleiman! Get thee from my house and may ye die in the desert untended! May vultures consume thy flesh, sands thy blood!
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Referenced in Great Performances: Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983) See more »

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Heady viewing!
11 August 2002 | by (India) – See all my reviews

'Khartoum' is a grossly under-rated film that deserves much more.It is an outstanding recreation of the late 19th century war in Sudan where British forces led by the enigmatic General Gordon fought against fanatical tribesmen under the leadership (spell?) of the self proclaimed 'Mahdi'(expected one).Charlton Heston plays Gordon with his usual efficiency but the scene stealer is undoubtedly Sir Laurence Olivier as the 'Mahdi'.His make-up,accent,wardrobe and sheer charisma truly make for heady viewing.The cinematography is excellent and the flavor of the times is captured beautifully.The action scenes are terrific and the score compliments the goings-on perfectly. I would personally rate it on par with the much respected and much loved 'Lawrence of Arabia',which was in much the same mould as this,though made 4 years earlier in 1962.

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