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In the Sudan, in 1884 to 1885, Egyptian forces led by British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim Army led by a religious fanatic, Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (Sir Laurence Olivier).
This movie was criticized for its propagandistic portrayal of good versus evil, a "despotically violent Arab masculinity against a noble, rational Western one." There was also much criticism of casting a white actor as Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi.
Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon:
Colonel, what are the chances of my sacking you as my aide?
Col. J.D.H. Stewart: If any exist General, please be assured that I'd be the first to point them out to you.
When Kitchener's army is seen training near the pyramids on the wide screen print you can see two people strolling in modern dress on the sand dunes in the background.
The cinema version was uncut but UK video and DVD releases were cut by 29 secs by the BBFC to edit footage of dangerous horsefalls.
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