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Zulu (1964)

Unrated  |   |  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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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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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Powell's role was much bigger but he became ill during the period when his scenes were to be shot. See more »

Goofs

During the opening dance sequence, a messenger approaches where the Chief and Witt sit. Shadows extend from from the Chief and Witt toward the messenger. When the messenger actually gets to the Chief, no shadows are present. Also, in these same cuts, the area where Chief and Witt sit seems to shift from ground level to raised. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant John Chard: [shouting] Front rank fire! Rear rank fire, reload!
Lieutenant John Chard: [repeats a few times as one line of soldiers fires and the other kneels and reloads their rifles]
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The title has fire within its letters, and it flies directly at the screen. Additionally, the title itself doesn't appear on screen until after the opening credits have finished rolling. See more »


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Men of Harlech
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Performed by Army Soldiers
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Undisputed Classic
23 August 2001 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

It`s shameful no-one makes films like ZULU anymore. In these PC dominated times there are those who may view this film as being racist dealing with a heroic battle between white foreign troops against native black Africans during Victorian times. Nothing could be further from the truth. The zulus are rightly presented as being fearless and disciplined warriors ready to willingly die than show cowardice.

The only other criticism a modern day audience can level at the film is the fact that the battle scenes are slightly ungory compared to the likes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and PLATOON. But so what ? How many other films compete with the excitement and tension of scenes like the soldiers fighting off the hordes of zulus in the hospital building ? Would graphic disembowelment and decapitation improve these scenes ? of course not.

I could go on all day as to what`s brilliant about ZULU , but I wont. But I will say that for me the greatest aspect of the film is John Barry`s score. The fact that he never won an oscar for it just goes to show there`s no justice in the world.

Without doubt the greatest British film of the 1960`s , probably the greatest British picture ever , and possibly the greatest film ever. Let`s hope Hollywood never decides to remake it


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