Khartoum (1966) is based on Gordon's defence of the Sudanese city of Khartoum from the forces of the Mahdist army during the Battle of Khartoum.
English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by Prime Minister Gladstone. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, General Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim army. His Christian faith and military command are challenged by Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi, "the Expected One," the head of the Muslim forces.
Eliot Elisofon (introductory scenes)
Charlton Heston … General Charles Gordon
Laurence Olivier … Mahommed Ahmed, referred to as the Mahdi
Richard Johnson … Colonel Stewart
Ralph Richardson … William Gladstone, British Prime Minister
Alexander Knox … Sir Evelyn Baring, the British ruler of Egypt.
Johnny Sekka … Khaleel
Nigel Green … General Wolseley
Michael Hordern … Lord Granville, the British Foreign Secretary
Peter Arne … Major Kitchener
- Lewis Gilbert was attached as director at one point.