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Zulu (1964)

Unrated | | Drama, History, War | 17 June 1964 (USA)
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

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Storyline

Two Lieutenants, Chard of Engineers and Bromhead find that their 140 man contingent in Natal has been isolated by the destruction of the main British Army column and that 4,000 Zulu warriors will descend on them in hours. Each has a different military background in tactics and they are immediatly in conflict on how to prepare for the attack. Nearly a third of the men are in the infirmary, as the welsh company tries to somehow survive with no help in sight. Based on a true story.

Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The epic story of courage, honour and pride. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although Michael Caine's character of Lieutenant Bromhead was a soldier who had never been in battle, Caine himself was actually a veteran of the British Army, who had seen combat in the Korean War. See more »

Goofs

When one of the Zulu warriors in the hospital is shot and falls backwards, you can see he is wearing a pair of red flip-flops. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. William Allen: [both men are wounded but the soldier distributing ammunition has fallen] Can you move your leg?
Pte. Fred Hitch: [flippantly] If you want me to dance...
Cpl. William Allen: I want you to *crawl*. Come on you slovenly soldier, we've got work to do.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 23rd 1879 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rovers: The Tankard (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Harlech
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Traditional
Performed by soldiers
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User Reviews

 
Simply an Incredible Film
20 October 2004 | by (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – See all my reviews

When one sees this film you know great pains were taken in the making of this masterpiece -- of all of the films that I have seen I found this one to be one of the classics that sets a standard for film. Great effort was put into the historical tale-telling. From political and social commentary to great action sequences Zulu is one of the more complete films that you will ever see, having something for everyone.

I enjoyed the human aspect of different men, coming together under duress to fight bravely in the face of overwhelming odds; it shows normal men coming together and accomplishing something great in the face of opposition and all the human story that goes along with it. A must-see for anyone who enjoys action & war films.


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