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In 1883, William Gladstone (Ralph Richardson), Britain's prime minister, enlists reputable Gen. Gordon (Charlton Heston) to smooth over the situation in Sudan after a brutal battle has left several British men dead. Gordon, known to defy orders, is received well in the city of Khartoum -- so instead of acting as an ambassador, he motivates the city to prepare its defenses. Despite massive efforts to divert enemy attack, Gordon's new, small army is no match for what befalls it.

Release details

Release date: Wednesday June 15 1966
Duration: 134 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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