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Release Date: Jan 1, 1966 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
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After declaring a holy war to rid the Sudan of Anglo-Egyptian rule in the 1880s, the fanatical Sudanese leader Muhammad Ahmad (Laurence Olivier) massacres a British-led force of 8,000 and marches on the strategic city of Khartoum at the confluence of the Blue Nile and the White Nile. The British government of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) then sends one of its greatest generals, Charles George Gordon (Charlton Heston), to Khartoum to make peace and save the city.
Jan 1, 1966 Wide
May 7, 2002
Gen. Charles Gordon
Col. J.D.H. Stewart
Sir Evelyn Baring
Sir Charles Dilke
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Heston is at his bravest, and Olivier is at his tannest. Good spectacle.
Audience Reviews for Khartoum
- Gen. Charles Gordon: And when the Mahdi floats me down the Nile, the government will assume a pained expression and say to Her Majesty and the churchmen and the antislavery people, 'Well, we did the best we could. We sent Gordon.'
- Mr. Gladstone: Precisely.
- Gen. Charles Gordon: And that will be the end of Gordon. But not of Gladstone.
- Mr. Gladstone: In a nutshell!
- Gen. Charles Gordon: Well I must say, Mr. Gladstone, you're hardly a bore.
- Col. J.D.H. Stewart: The disaster, Sir, has little to do with the loss of ten thousand men; it's their arms. Egypt was unequal to the challenge of these tribesmen when they had scarcely a pistol to call their own. What will she do now?
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