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Zulu (1964)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. John Chard R.E.
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James Booth ...
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Colour-Sgt. Bourne
Ivor Emmanuel ...
Pvt. Owen
Paul Daneman ...
Sgt. Maxfield
Glynn Edwards ...
Cpl. Allen
Neil McCarthy ...
Pvt. Thomas
David Kernan ...
Pvt. Hitch
Gary Bond ...
Pvt. Cole
Peter Gill ...
Pvt. 612 Williams
Tom Gerrard ...
Lance Corporal
Patrick Magee ...
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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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zulu | warrior | battle | british army | defeat | See more »

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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! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zoulou  »

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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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in 'Saving Private Ryan': Music and Sound (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Harlech
(uncredited)
Performed by Army Soldiers
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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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