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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
These are the days and nights of fury and honor and courage and cowardice that an entire century of empire-making and film-making can never surpass!
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Did You Know?
As none of the Zulus had ever seen a movie, it was difficult for them to understand what they were doing playing to a camera. Stanley Baker sent to Johannesburg for silent movies and ran films of Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, and Buster Keaton, which the Zulus loved. See more
At one point in the film, a bright flash of sunshine can be seen reflecting briefly on what was believed to be a vehicle windscreen up on a hill behind Rorke's Drift. However, Stanley Baker
's widow and others who have visited the site confirm that it was impossible to get any sort of vehicle onto the ridge, so there must be some other explanation (probably a spear). See more
Private Henry Hook
[Throws Sergeant Maxfield across his shoulder
Twenty eight days field punishment! No pay! You know what he did? Sent my money to my Missus.
[Slaps Sereant Maxfield's buttocks
Private Henry Hook
What did you do that for?
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
Men of Harlech
Performed by Army Soldiers See more