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32 Ratings


United Kingdom, 1966
Adventure, History, War


In 1885, the city of Khartoum, located on the Nile River and capital of the Sudan, is threatened with being attacked and occupied by Muslim fundamentalist, the Mahdi, and his followers. The British government sends General Charles Gordon to arrange evacuation of the non-Sudanese.

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Khartoum Directed by Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1967 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

BAFTA Awards

1967 | 2 nominations including: Best British Art Direction (Colour)

Critics reviews

Khartoum is… decked out in Ultra Panavision vistas that would make David Lean weep. Indeed, Deardan is clearly working in the Lean mode here, and he rises to the occasion in this respect. A thrilling set piece toward the end, involving a riverboat full of essential personnel defending itself against the Mahdi’s followers, is enlivened by the crack and chug of artillery, but is just as remarkable for the fullness of the conflict Deardan captures in his framing and Fergus McDonell’s editing.
April 09, 2014
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Heston, who was then a virtual one-man genre, is perfectly at home atop a dromedary, but despite being costumed in a spiffy new uniform for every scene, he is upstaged by Olivier. Apparently still in the makeup — if not affecting the accent — used in his recent portrayal of Othello, he delivers a borderline camp portrayal of a religious fanatic that would scarcely have been the least comic turn in Kramer’s "Mad World.
February 06, 2014
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