Dir.s Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon. 1966, 128 mins. 70mm. With Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson. After an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, is destroyed in a battle in the Sudan in the 1880s, the British government is in a quandary. General Charles “Chinese” Gordon helms the effort to evacuate soldiers, and in the process, defends the city of Khartoum against the Mahdi, a rebel Arab leading (played by Laurence Olivier) and his army of zealots. Boasting fine performances, the film remains a compelling story of colonial politics, military standoffs, and a battle of wits and wiles between two fierce leaders. Khartoum was one of just ten movies filmed in the rare Ultra Panavision 70 format, and the last until 这 Hateful Eight 49 years later.