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Khartoum (1966)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 June 1966 (USA)
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 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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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)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.76 : 1
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Trivia

In a biography, regarding the making of this movie, it was said not one horse was injured in filming. In later years, it was discovered that over one hundred horses were either severely injured resulting in euthanasia, or died immediately due to unethical stunt methods. See more »

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Although Gordon and The Mahdi communicated by courier throughout the siege, they never actually met face-to-face. See more »

Quotes

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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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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Good Drama And For Once History Is Not Too Distorted
9 April 1999 | by Rich-99See all my reviews

The siege of Khartoum and its loss under General Charles "Chinese" Gordon is one of those epic tales the Victorians loved. Gordon was such a flamboyant character that even Hollywood could not match him. "Khartoum" gives us the Victorian Epic while at the same time the seedier backroom Victorian politics that essentially sent Gordon to his death along with the citizens of Khartoum. Charleton Heston is quite good as Gordon ably giving us the many enigmatic facets of the real man's character. But even that falls short as I think Gordon is too complex a character for any actor. Olivier in black face as the Mahdi may offend the political correctness crowd but his performance is excellent, fair and avoids lapsing into carricature. The physical production is quite impressive with 2nd unit director Yakima Canut staging some very impressive battle scenes. If you want a sequel to this film than I would recommend the original 1930's version of "The Four Feathers" (which stared a very young John Gielgud) which takes place some 10 years after the events of "Khartoum" and centers on the retaking of the Sudan. Interesting to have a "sequel" come 30 years before. There is a TV remake of "The Four Feathers". Avoid it like the plague!


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