Khartoum (1966)

128 min.
Plot  In 1883, in the Sudan, a force of 10,000 poorly trained Egyptians under the command of British Col. William "Billy" Hicks (Edward Underdown) is lured into the desert and slaughtered by Muslim zealots led by Muhammad Ahmad (Laurence Olivier), a fanatic Sudanese Arab who believes he is the Mahdi, the prophesied "expected one of Mohammed." The British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (Ralph Richardson), who does not wish to send more military forces to Khartoum, is under great pressure to send military hero Major General Charles George Gordon (Charlton Heston) there to salvage the situation and restore British prestige. Gordon has strong ties to Sudan, having broken the slave trade there in the past, but Gladstone distrusts him. Gordon has a reputation for strong, if eccentric, religious beliefs and following his own judgement, regardless of his orders. Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville, the British foreign secretary (Michael Hordern), knowing this, tells Gladstone that by...  



Charlton Heston
General Charles Gordon
Laurence Olivier
Muhammad Ahmad
Richard Johnson
Col. John Stewart
Ralph Richardson
William Ewart Gladstone
Alexander Knox
Sir Evelyn Baring
Johnny Sekka
Nigel Green
General Wolseley
Michael Hordern
Lord Granville
Peter Arne
Major Kitchener
Zia Mohyeddin
Zobeir Pasha
Douglas Wilmer
Khalifa Abdullah
Alan Tilvern


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United Kingdom




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