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Khartoum (1966)

In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, 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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Robert Ardrey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ralph Michael ... Sir Charles Dilke
Douglas Wilmer ... Khalifa Abdullah
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Col. William Hicks
Peter Arne ... Maj. Kitchener
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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

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


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kartum See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The paddle steamer early in the movie where Gordon and Scott leave England is the Princess Elizabeth, built in 1927, and a veteran of the May 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, where she made four trips carrying British soldiers back to Britain. From 1970 to 1987, she was a pub restaurant in London, near Tower Bridge, then moved to Paris and used as an art gallery. Since 1999, she's been a tourist attraction in Dunkerque, France. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The cinema version was uncut but UK video and DVD releases were cut by 29 secs by the BBFC to edit footage of dangerous horsefalls. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Waking the Dead: Deus Ex Machina: Part 1 (2007) See more »

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wonderful,semi-historical epic
13 November 2001 | by coop-16See 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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