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on 25 November 2014
Arrived quickly - still sealed in original cellophane as described - perfect - very reliable seller - and a great film too -
great purchase !
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on 8 March 2016
Excellent Acting and historic film. Showing the stupid action of the govt. and army at that time. Should have done more to save the great Man.
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on 11 October 2013
The Dvd is in a good quality. Great scenes, great actors. I like these historical moves. A kind of movies they don't make to day

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on 14 November 2013
bought this for a friend they were so happy as they had been looking for this movie everywhere so was overjoyed when i could get it on amazon
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Khartoum tells the story of British general Sir Charles Gordon (Charlton Heston) who accepted the assignment of liberating English citizens and Egyptians from the Sudan city of Khartoum, which was being invaded by The Mahdi (Laurence Olivier) and his Arab forces.

Directed by Basil Dearden and written by Robert Ardrey, Khartoum is an effective historical story piece that has wisely spent its budget to make it look fabulous. Shot in Ultra Panavision and Technicolor on location in Egypt, it goes without saying that the film needs to be witnessed on the biggest screen available to you. As is normally the way in this type of film, historical accuracies come under scrutiny, to which Khartoum, except for a couple of major character meetings that never happened, is happy to hopefully entertain while it educates. But it's talky, very talky. Which while that works for those who like a touch of political intrigue in their historical epic diet, those more inclined to gorge on action over substance movies are sure to still be hungry come the end. What action there is is excellently choreographed by stunt coordinator Yakima Canutt, and as productions go, Khartoum is lavish and acted with no little skill by a fine cast (Ralph Richardson, Michael Horden & Nigel Green complementing Messrs Heston & Olivier).

But Khartoum is something of an enigma in that it has a lot going for it yet it remains a genre piece that's hard to recommend with confidence. In fact it's very much like another of Heston's historical epic pictures, 55 Days at Peking, in that it has many fans yet is rarely spoke about in genre circles. Of course there's now issues in this day and age as regards races and how they are portrayed, so for the politically correct amongst us, it's probably best to avoid this "touchily topical" period in Heston's career. And while Ardrey's screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, one can't help yearning for some more depth given to the lead players, Gordon & The Mahdi, as opposed to expansive conversations involving political machinations back in Blighty. However, its literary value is still very high, which when coupled with the magnificent visual touches (Edward Scaife on cinematography duties) make it a genre piece of note; to the discerning observer that is.

A mixed bag for sure, but it doesn't waste the money afforded it, while it's certainly far better than some of the silly and shallow epics that came our way post 1970. So a cautionary 7/10.
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on 3 January 2015
An excellent film (except the shattering of the mosque in an earlier incident but it was unharmed in a later of the film).
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on 6 March 2014
Well worth seeing good but sad film heston played gordon brilliantly long film but worth watching loved it _____: great
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on 16 August 2014
Well worth having this film in your collection if only for a history lesson well acted by Charlton Heston and Olivier .
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on 9 October 2013
Great movie, Charlton Heston at his best. would definately recommend this.
If you are a fan of his and history
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on 2 September 2015
charlton, (the leading actor in those days)
plays chinese gordon a victorian army gemeral
employed by the british government as governor
of kartum, im not sure how accurate is as far as general gordon is, but the film plays up to history pretty well. he succeded into anger the brit government by not follwing instructions, basicaly
he was told to evacuate the city , but refused to do so since many thousands of inhabitents would suffer
on they out of kartum, by staying he forced the brit governments hand in sending a relief
force annoying the brit government by making the become involved in military action they didnt want

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this happened in the zulu war, the british government told the british high commisioner
sir bartle frere not to force a war and to avoid one
needless to say it all went wrong and the brits were forced to remedy the situation
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dvd picture quality good , sound good

no subtitles
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