The context for the story is set by opening with the killing of General Gordon and the fall of Khartoum in 1885.
The tone is often lighthearted.
Unfortunately, the film is confused and pleasureless.
This film is not so concerned with specific events as the earlier and later versions, but its sense of the period is undermined by having the American actor Beau Bridges play Harry.
Ultimately, the film is too politically correct to work as an adventure story and too uncertain to be a truly revisionist account.
The British empire is portrayed here simply as a military exercise in conquest and subjugation.
Women include their natural emotional experience.
The result was a tepid film which, in the year before Sudan gained its independence, seemed anachronistic and irrelevant.