Top positive review
not as good as Laurence of Arabia
on 4 May 2017
Ok... not as good as Laurence of Arabia, but still
a good film about British Imperialism.
Basil Dearden is no David Lean, but it has a very
tight script, and the last movie to be filmed in Ultra
Panavision, until The Hateful 8, and if you look closer.
you can see something of The Hateful 8 in it. Laurence
Olivier is very Un-PC blacked up as the "mad" Madi,
but gives a great performance, and on watching this
film, I can why he was such a great actor. Charlton
Heston is very good at playing an Englishman too...
I would have to say, if you are interested in British
19th Century history, and the how and why we had
an Empire, this movie tells part of that story, but read
up on Charles "Chinese" Gordon, and see how popular
this man was. 20 year before this story takes place, he
helped put down The Taiping Rebellion, and an epic
movie should have been made of that part of his life too.