Khartoum

A massive all-star cast and a huge budget help to make the more vacuous moments of this epic comparatively painless. It is scripted with a ponderous attention to detail by the notorious pseudo-zoologist Robert Ardrey (author of The Territorial Imperative), but it has some very heavyweight performances, with Heston as General Gordon and Olivier as his bloodthirsty opponent the Mahdi (the face-to-face confrontation between the two is entirely fictitious). There's also Richardson as Gladstone, Nigel Green as General Wolseley, and Michael Hordern as Lord Granville, so despite inadequacies in both direction and screenwriting, anyone interested in the period will probably find quite a lot to enjoy.

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Basil Dearden
Screenwriter: Robert Ardrey
Cast: Charlton Heston
Laurence Olivier
Richard Johnson
Ralph Richardson
Alexander Knox
Johnny Sekka
Nigel Green
Michael Hordern
Zia Mohyeddin
Hugh Williams

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Col. J. Poofhater-Bigot

Mustafa hasn't seen the film but feels empowered to comment on it. How terribly 'Islamic' of him. This wonderful 1966 film portrays the heroic efforts of late nineteenth century Englishmen, trying to bring order and civilisation to the hot and nasty parts of the world. In the end, Gordon is stabbed by a shady, spear toting, Islamist madman.... Nothing changes does it. A film of our times.

Col. J. Poofhater-Bigot

Mustafa hasn't seen the film but feels empowered to comment on it. How terribly 'Islamic' of him. This wonderful 1966 film portrays the heroic efforts of late nineteenth century Englishmen, trying to bring order and civilisation to the hot and nasty parts of the world. In the end, Gordon is stabbed by a shady, spear toting, Islamist madman.... Nothing changes does it. A film of our times.