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
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The epic story of courage, honour and pride.
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It's obvious that many of the close-combat scenes are done with more regard to safety than realism. Bayonets and spears are seen wobbling indicating they are made of rubber or some other soft material besides metal. Private Schiess's walking stick (the Swiss soldier played by actor Dickie Owen) is also made of soft material when he is fighting the Zulu. See more
In order to simulate 4,000 Zulu warriors lining up on a ridge, when only 500 Zulu extras were available, long wooden frames were used with 10-12 Zulu shields attached to the front of them with a real Zulu at each end. As the Zulus line up for the final "Fellow Braves" chant, there is one shot in which these shield-frames are obvious. See more
You've got a voice haven't you?
Yes, baritone, Sergeant.
Well get up on that hill and sing out if you see anything. You too. And take your bandook, you dozy welshman!
At the end of the opening credits 'and Introducing Michael Caine' is shown, this would suggest that this was his first film. In fact MC had previously had five credited film roles, numerous TV appearances and several uncredited film roles before appearing in Zulu. See more
Referenced in Sounds Ideal
Men of Harlech
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