Khartoum (1966)

Set against the backdrop of the British Empire, Khartoum charts the mighty struggle between General Gordon and the Arab leader The Mahdi.

United only by a deeply heartfelt belief in their own righteousness, the two men head for the ultimate showdown. They are magnificently cast with Charlton Heston as the legendary General "Chinese" Gordon, and Sir Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi.

Using Robert Ardey's polished screenplay, director Basil Dearden tells their story using the river Nile as the location where this historic duel really took place.

Perhaps the greatest battle stager of all time Yakima Canutt (You may remember the Chatiot race in Ben-hur)fills the vast canvas with bloody action. Like Lawrence of Aradia, this is a study of fanaticism in the desert, told on an epic scale.

CAST DETAILS

Charles "Chinese" Gordon.......................................Charlton Heston

The Mahdi.................................................................Laurence Olivier

Ralph Richardson................................................................Gladstone

Director..........................................................................Basil Dearden

Producer.....................................................................Julian Bkaustein

Written by.......................................................................Robert Ardrey

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