“Khartoum” (1966)

Eddie Pensier writes:

khartoum

A gorgeous-looking Lawrence of Arabia wannabe, directed by Basil Dearden, about the defense of Khartoum by General Charles Gordon (Charlton Heston) against the forces of the “Mahdi” Muhammed Ahmed (Laurence Olivier). Khartoum features loads of wide desert vistas, stirring battle scenes, swelling music, and an unfashionably nostalgic attitude toward colonialism. Heston is restrained, dignified and fierce, and sports a surprisingly not-awful British accent as Gordon. Olivier overacts in the most delightful way as the Mahdi, enunciating his lines as he digests the surrounding scenery. He certainly looks no less ridiculous in brownface than Alec Guinness did in Lawrence, and his grand old-school presence is a welcome antidote to most present-day actors who subscribe to the less-is-more school.

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3 Responses to “Khartoum” (1966)

  1. Toddy Cat says:

    I saw this movie when I was a kid, and it blew me away. Along with “ZULU” it was made at the last possible moment that it could have been made. In just two years, Heston would be in “Planet of the Apes”. Good Lord, but America changes quickly in those years…

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