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Khartoum

UK, English, 134 mins

  • Director: Basil Dearden; Eliot Elisofon
  • Writer: Robert Ardrey
  • Producer: Julian Blaustein

CGiii Comment

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.


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Cast & Characters

Charlton Heston as Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon;
Laurence Olivier as The Mahdi;
Richard Johnson as Col. J.D.H. Stewart;
Ralph Richardson as William Gladstone;
Alexander Knox as Sir Evelyn Baring;
Johnny Sekka as Khaleel;
Michael Hordern as Lord Granville;
Zia Mohyeddin as Zobeir Pasha;
Marne Maitland as Sheikh Osman;
Nigel Green as Gen. Wolseley;
Hugh Williams as Lord Hartington;
Ralph Michael as Sir Charles Dilke;
Douglas Wilmer as Khalifa Abdullah;
Edward Underdown as Col. William Hicks;
Peter Arne as Maj. Kitchener

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