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''Khartoum'' is a 1966 historical adventure and war [[EpicMovie epic film]] directed by Creator/BasilDearden and starring the genre's icon Creator/CharltonHeston.

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''Khartoum'' is a 1966 British {{epic|movie}} historical war adventure and war [[EpicMovie epic film]] film, directed by Creator/BasilDearden and starring the genre's icon Creator/CharltonHeston.
Creator/CharltonHeston, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/RalphRichardson, and Richard Johnson.


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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a pretty hard 4, because blood is not an uncommon sight during the battle scenes. A character, [[spoiler:William Hicks (Edward Underdown)]], is briefly shown impaled by a thrown spear (small amount of blood), a disembodied hand is showed off (wrist stump not shown), and there's the implied sight of severed heads.


The film is based on historical accounts of Charles Gordon's defence of the Sudanese city of Khartoum from the forces of the Mahdist army during the Siege of Khartoum in 18841885.

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The film is based on historical accounts of Charles Gordon's defence of the Sudanese UsefulNotes/{{Sudan}}ese city of Khartoum from the forces of the Mahdist army during the Siege of Khartoum in 18841885.


''Khartoum'' is a 1966 released historical adventure, war epic film directed by Creator/BasilDearden and starring the epic genre icon Creator/CharltonHeston. The film is based on historical accounts of Charles Gordon's defence of the Sudanese city of Khartoum from the forces of the Mahdist army during the Siege of Khartoum.

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''Khartoum'' is a 1966 released historical adventure, adventure and war [[EpicMovie epic film film]] directed by Creator/BasilDearden and starring the epic genre genre's icon Creator/CharltonHeston. Creator/CharltonHeston.

The film is based on historical accounts of Charles Gordon's defence of the Sudanese city of Khartoum from the forces of the Mahdist army during the Siege of Khartoum.
Khartoum in 18841885.




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* {{Blackface}}: Creator/LaurenceOlivier, and many of the other English actors playing Sudanese characters, wear skin-darkening makeup. It was one of the last times the technique was used, before it fell out of favor.


* WorthyOpponent: Interstingly, the Madhi appears to consider Gordon such. He seems to develop a genuine admiration for him, and seems to genuinely want to spare him from death. Confirmed by his reaction to [[spoiler:seeing Gordon's severed head in the aftermath of the final battle.]]

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* WorthyOpponent: Interstingly, the Madhi appears to consider Gordon such. He seems to develop a genuine admiration for him, and seems to genuinely want to spare him from death. Confirmed by his reaction to [[spoiler:seeing Gordon's severed head in the aftermath of the final battle.]]]]
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* TheCavalry: One of the major battle sequences see Gordon and his men taking on one of the Madhi's.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The film gives on to General Gordon in keeping with his Custer-like hagiography, it emphasizes his interesting in manumitting slavery and likewise emphasizes his personal rivalry with Mohammed Ahmad.

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The film gives on to General Gordon in keeping with his Custer-like hagiography, it emphasizes his interesting in manumitting slavery and likewise emphasizes his personal rivalry with Mohammed Ahmad.



* LargeHam: The performance of Sir Creator/LaurenceOlivier as the Madhi certainly qualifies.
* LastStand

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%% * LargeHam: The performance of Sir Creator/LaurenceOlivier as the Madhi certainly qualifies.
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* FakeBrit: The American Charlton Heston as the iconic English military figure Charles Gordon.

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* SympathyForTheHero: [[spoiler: Ahmad is left horrified when he sees his soldiers dancing with Gordon's severed head.]]


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* EpicMovieEpicMovie: The last film shot in Panavision until ''Film/TheHatefulEight''


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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The film gives on to General Gordon in keeping with his Custer-like hagiography, it emphasizes his interesting in manumitting slavery and likewise emphasizes his personal rivalry with Mohammed Ahmad.
** Gordon spent most of his career as a mercenary and had it not been for the crisis in Sudan, he would have served the Belgian Congo. Furthermore, Gordon was considered to be a highly mercurial officer given to exceed his command and it was mostly because of his skillful self-promotion that he even got a command in the Sudan to begin with.
** Likewise, part of the reason why his actions in Sudan provoked mixed reactions in England was that he backtracked from his abolitionism, expressing willingness to concede to forms of slavery persisting afterwards, which angered many of his former supporters in England and upset Gladstone. This was the main reason why he allied with Zobeir. Far from being the Mahdi's ArchEnemy as the film paints it, the latter saw Gordon as an UnknownRival with Gordon's own letters projecting a fixation between them, while Mahdi merely asked him to step down and surrender and prevent additional bloodshed.

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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a pretty hard 4, because blood is not an uncommon sight during the battle scenes. A character, [[spoiler:William Hicks (Edward Underdown)]], is briefly shown impaled by a thrown spear (small amount of blood), a disembodied hand is showed off (wrist stump not shown), and there's the implied sight of severed heads.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Gordon does so at the end when he walks out collectedly to meet his fate at the hands of the Madhi's men.]]


* FakeBrits: The American Charlton Heston as the iconic English military figure Charles Gordon.

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* FakeBrits: FakeBrit: The American Charlton Heston as the iconic English military figure Charles Gordon.



* GoingNative: Gordon seems to feel more comfortable in the desert cultures more than his own.

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* GoingNative: Gordon seems to feel feels much more comfortable in the desert cultures more cultures, particularly the Sudan, than his own.own. Upon arriving at Khartoum one of the first things he utters is even, "It's good to be home".


* DownerEnding: Though perhaps the label of BitersweetEnding would also be fitting. [[spoiler: In spite of his determination and best efforts the city of Khartoum winds up overrun, and Charles Gordon himself is killed by a spear to his chest with his head being taken off and put on top of a pike and paraded around the city. However, the final narration does establish that the Madhi died only six months later and public outrage at the fate of Gordon finally forced the British to re-invade the Sudan 10 years later, where they recaptured Khartoum in 1898 for what it's worth.]]

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* DownerEnding: Though perhaps the label of BitersweetEnding BittersweetEnding would also be fitting.fitting depending on one's interpretation. [[spoiler: In spite of his determination and best efforts the city of Khartoum winds up overrun, and Charles Gordon himself is killed by a spear to his chest with his head being taken off and put on top of a pike and paraded around the city. However, the final narration does establish that the Madhi died only six months later and public outrage at the fate of Gordon finally forced the British to re-invade the Sudan 10 years later, where they recaptured Khartoum in 1898 for what it's worth.]]

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