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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 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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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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17 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zoulou  »

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Trivia

Director Cy Endfield wanted a camera crane that was lightweight when disassembled so that it could be packed and transported through the African bush. Ken Eddy designed the first Filmair Giraffe camera crane for the job and in so doing began the world's best known camera crane company. This key piece of film gear is still used in the movie industry. See more »

Goofs

In two different scenes, when the soldiers are given marching orders, they start to move before the command to march or turn is finished. See more »

Quotes

Bromhead: You mean your only plan is to stand behind a few feet of mealie bags and wait for the attack?
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Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) See more »

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Men of Harlech
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Performed by Army Soldiers
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Best film ever...
14 January 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

simply my favourite film. A true story well told.

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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