Khartoum

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The kind of lavish, rousing historical adventure spectacle that doesn’t seem to exist anymore, Khartoum is a majestic, star-studded, BAFTA and Oscar-nominated epic that finds director Basil Deardon (Victim, The Assassination Bureau) delivering a feast... read more
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The kind of lavish, rousing historical adventure spectacle that doesn’t seem to exist anymore, Khartoum is a majestic, star-studded, BAFTA and Oscar-nominated epic that finds director Basil Deardon (Victim, The Assassination Bureau) delivering a feast for the eyes, as well as a pointed study of English colonialism, religious fanaticism, and the nature of heroism and sacrifice.In 1880s Sudan, thousands of British-led Egyptian troops are massacred by the forces of Arab fanatic Muhammad Ahmad (Laurence Olivier), who believes he is the Mahdi, and nothing less than Mohammed’s chosen warrior in battling against Anglo-Egyptian rule. Legendary Major General Charles George Gordon (Charlton Heston) is sent by Prime Minister William Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) to save the city of Khartoum from the Mahdi, but given only one aide (Richard Johnson), limited support from the British government that sent him there, and a fearless opponent determined to create a new empire, Gordon sees that further bloodshed is imminent.With impressive battle sequences given greater weight by philosophical and moral debates about the righteousness of military action, Khartoum is a widescreen extravaganza and was the final film to be shot using Ultra Panavision 70 (and screened theatrically in Cinerama) until Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in 2015.

Original Release

06/09/1966

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Cast

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
Nigel Green Gen. Wolseley
Michael Hordern Lord Granville
Peter Arne Maj. Kitchener
Hugh Williams Lord Hartington
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon

Writers

Robert Ardrey

Cast

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
Nigel Green Gen. Wolseley
Michael Hordern Lord Granville
Peter Arne Maj. Kitchener
Hugh Williams Lord Hartington
Zia Mohyeddin Zobeir Pasha
Alan Tilvern Awaan
Marne Maitland Sheikh Osman
Ralph Michael Sir Charles Dilke
Douglas Wilmer Khalifa Abdullah
Edward Underdown Col. William Hicks
Leo Genn Narrator

Producers

Editors

Fergus McDonell

1967 Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
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