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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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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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17 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zoulou  »

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Trivia

In real life, Lt. Bromhead, played by Michael Caine as an arrogant "upper class twit", was extremely deaf. It was much more for this reason - rather than the few months' precedence in gaining his commission which Chard (Stanley Baker) claims in the movie - that Bromhead agreed to relinquish command. Chard's precedence, historically, was closer to three years than to the much more dramatic matter of months. See more »

Goofs

Camera shadow on the ground between the two rows of Zulus prior to attack. See more »

Quotes

[points towards the fleeing cavalry]
Reverend Otto Witt: The way of the Lord has been shown to us!
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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 What's My Line?: Episode dated 5 July 1964 (1964) See more »

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Men of Harlech
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Performed by Army Soldiers
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Courage, Honor, Humanity .... War
27 April 1999 | by (oregon) – See all my reviews

There can be no "War Movie" which is not at the same time an "Anti-war Movie". The nearly unique aspect of this movie is that it depicts that rare event in human conflict; a battle in which both sides may be said to have won. And both sides lost, of course. Lives, hopes, aspirations. Incredible performances by Stanley Baker, a very YOUNG Michael Caine. Jack Hawkins plays a credible drunken minister, and Nigel Greene delivers the eternally memorable line; when asked by a frightened soldier "why us?" Color Sergeant Bourne implacably replies "Because we're here, lad. Because we're here." It's as impossible to ignore the fine, sensitive scripting as the surprisingly lucid depiction of The Battle of Roark's Drift. Historical inaccuracies are in petty details only; the sense of simultaneous exaltation and shame that a soldier feels after surviving his first battle has never been more accurately portrayed. Where else can you watch the making of heroes from such obviously human material? Stanley Baker's determination to make this film has earned him a place in theater history.


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