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Khartoum -- A spectacular historical epic set in 1885.  Commanded by a determined religious leader called "The Mahdi" (Laurence Olivier), 80,000 fierce Sudanese warriors massacre 8,000 untrained, British-led Egyptian troops in the desert, 100 miles beyond Khartoum.  British Prime Minister Gladstone (Sir Ralph Richardson) learns of the slaughter and that The Mahdi is determined to claim the great city of Khartoum to prove his divine mission and power.  General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) is persuaded to try and make peace.  He must also find a way to evacuate the Egyptian army defending Khartoum and protect its inhabitants.  Directed by Basil Dearde.  The stunning action sequences were directed by Yakima Canutt.


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Release Date:
15 June 1966 (USA) See more »
They say the Nile still runs red from the Battle of Khartoum! See more »
After an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Charlton Heston ... Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon

Laurence Olivier ... The Mahdi

Richard Johnson ... Col. J.D.H. Stewart

Ralph Richardson ... William Gladstone

Alexander Knox ... Sir Evelyn Baring
Johnny Sekka ... Khaleel

Michael Hordern ... Lord Granville
Zia Mohyeddin ... Zobeir Pasha
Marne Maitland ... Sheikh Osman

Nigel Green ... Gen. Wolseley
Hugh Williams ... Lord Hartington
Ralph Michael ... Sir Charles Dilke
Douglas Wilmer ... Khalifa Abdullah
Edward Underdown ... Col. William Hicks
Peter Arne ... Maj. Kitchener
Alan Tilvern ... Awaan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Anthony ... Herbin (uncredited)
Roger Delgado ... (uncredited)

Leo Genn ... Narrator (uncredited)
Lisa Guiraut ... The Dancer (uncredited)
David Lawton ... Man (uncredited)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Lord Northbrook (uncredited)
Alec Mango ... Bordeini Bey (uncredited)
George Pastell ... Giriagis Bey (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Various Roles (voice) (uncredited)
Jerome Willis ... Frank Power (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
Eliot Elisofon (introductory scenes)
Writing credits
Robert Ardrey (written by)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Cordell 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fergus McDonell 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
John Howell 
Set Decoration by
John Bodimeade (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Hilda Fox .... hair stylist
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Basil Appleby .... unit manager
Frank Ernst .... unit manager
Charles Orme .... production supervisor
Nigel Wooll .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
Bluey Hill .... assistant director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Terence A. Clegg .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Marcel .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard Williams .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Pamela Cornell .... set dresser
Scott MacGregor .... associate art director
Ted Tester .... associate art director
Martin Atkinson .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peggy Gick .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Brian Herbert .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Laurie Clarkson .... sound recordist
John Dennis .... sound recordist (as John S. Dennis)
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator: second unit (uncredited)
Michael Hickey .... sound (uncredited)
Archie Ludski .... sound editor (uncredited)
Don Sharpe .... sound editor (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Vivian Temple-Smith .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Parker .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... special photographic effects
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Ray Parslow .... camera operator
Gilberto Petrucci .... still photographer
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
Harry Waxman .... photographer: second unit
Ronald Anscombe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Steve Claydon .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Tony Spratling .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John McCorry .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Frank Cordell .... conductor
Other crew
Julian Blaustein .... presenter
Mary Bruce .... researcher
Eileen Head .... continuity
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Robert Easton .... accent coach (uncredited)
Ala Gabry .... location wrangler (uncredited)
S.E. Sabbour .... special location consultant (uncredited)
Jilda Smith .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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134 min | USA:128 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: 122m) (1986) (cut) | USA:Approved (PCA #21216) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

This film was shot in Ultra Panavision and it was originally exhibited in Cinerama venues. The image was later reduced and cropped for exhibition in 70mm and 35mm release prints.See more »
Continuity: The attack on Khartoum starts with an artillery shell completely destroying the top of a tower located in the city, yet later in the film a night shot displays the tower again intact.See more »
William Gladstone:God go with you. And I don't envy God.See more »
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Referenced in Lusting Hours (1967)See more »


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40 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Heady viewing!, 11 August 2002
Author: sandy66 from India

'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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