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Khartoum (1966) Poster

(1966)

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Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: Colonel, what are the chances of my sacking you as my aide?

Col. J.D.H. Stewart: If any exist General, please be assured that I'd be the first to point them out to you.

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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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The Mahdi: [in horror: seeing Gordon's decapitated head on the end of a pole] Take it away! Where is Abdullah? I forbade it, I forbade it!

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William Gladstone: I don't trust any man who consults God before he consults me.

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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.

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Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: If my life has a single point, it's this: I've learned to be unafraid of death but never to be unafraid of failure.

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Narrator: ...but there is this: A world with no room for the Gordons, is a world that will return to the sands.

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The Mahdi: I should prefer, Gordon Pasha, that you leave Khartoum now. You are not my enemy. Why should your blood sweeten the Nile?

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Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: [patting his camel in goodbye] So we ride beneath no more desert stars, then. Ah, all things must end.

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Zobeir Pasha: [disbelieving] The General will defend me. The great Christian hero will defend Zobeir the slaver.

[angry]

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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The Mahdi: [removes a head from a large pot] Is it the Englishman whose name was Frank Power?

[removes another head from a second pot]

The Mahdi: Is it the Frenchman whose name was Herbin?

[places a severed arm and hand in Gordon's hands]

The Mahdi: Is it not your own ring?

Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: [stares horrified]

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Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: Every man has a final weapon: his own life. If he's afraid to lose it he throws the weapon away.

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William Gladstone: God go with you. And I don't envy God.

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Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon: If you, as a servant of your god, must use one hundred thousand warriors to destroy me, a solitary servant of my God, then you whisper to me Muhammed Ahmed: who will be remembered from Khartoum, your god or Mine?

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