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.
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. Written by
There is a story that Colour Sergeant Bourne declined the award of a V.C. in favor 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, 11 years after Rorke's Drift. See more »
Chard is seen breaking open his revolver twice from one scene to the next with a few seconds apart. See more »
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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Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 23rd 1879 See more »
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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