Policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate the brutal murder of a young white woman, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug and somehow connected to the disappearance of black street children.
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.
There is a story that Colour Sergeant Bourne declined the award of a VC in favour of an immediate commission. This is untrue. According to the transcript of a radio interview given by Bourne in 1936, he was offered a commission in addition to the Distinguished Conduct Medal, but felt obliged to turn it down as he was the youngest of eight sons of a poor family, and could not have afforded to live as an officer was expected to. He was finally commissioned in 1890, eleven years after Rorke's Drift. See more »
When Sgt Maxfield faints in the hospital, Hook walks over and stands over him with both hands empty and hanging at his sides. In the next shot we see Hook's face, and he is holding his right hand at shoulder height with his bayonet in his hand. See more »
If 1200 men couldn't hold a defensive position this morning, what chance have we with 100?
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Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 23rd 1879 See more »
I wanted to clarify some points from recent reviwers which I hope help exlain some questions. Mainly from Geofbob.
The two Lts. Chard and Bromhead - were new to battle. The reason Chard performed so well may be largely due to the fact that he was an engineer who knew about building defences. The mealie bag wall they build in the film was vital in order to slow up the thousands of zulus.
The victory was not a sure thing because they had guns. The zulus had hundreds of guns capture that morning from the other 1700 British troops that had been killed by the zulus armed with spears.
As to where the Hawkins character went to ? In reality he legged it away from his mission before the battle - later submitting a bill for damages to the British government.
No explanation into the reasons for the battle. No bad thing as the true story of men against men is a worthy tail on its own and any explanation would be open to interpretation - read the history yourself!
One last point everyone enjoys the Men of Harlech scene. Whilst this is poetic license - a very similar incident happened in the Afghan war at the same time. A Btirish regiment cut off and fighting to the end, sang God Save The Queen just before the final Afghan attack - they survived - remember these were very different men from today, no political correctness here and possibly a lot more courage. 10/10
Oh, and by the way Colour Sgt Bourne - very much existed in real life. He was awared the DCM and lived until 1945, the last survivor of Rorkes Drift.
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