In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).

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Robert Ardrey
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Charlton Heston ... General Charles 'Chinese' Gordon
Laurence Olivier ... The Mahdi
Richard Johnson ... Colonel 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 ... General Wolseley
Hugh Williams ... Lord Hartington
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Sir Charles Dilke
Douglas Wilmer ... Khalifa Abdullah
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Colonel William Hicks
Peter Arne ... Major Kitchener
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After an Egyptian Army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880s, 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 (Charlton Heston), 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 Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier), "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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Peter Arne was dubbed. See more »

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When Kitchener's army is seen training near the pyramids on the wide screen print you can see two people strolling in modern dress on the sand dunes in the background. See more »

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

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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1966 (USA) See more »

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Khartoum See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.76 : 1
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