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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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Lieutenant John Chard R. E.
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James Booth ...
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Colour - Sergeant Bourne
Ivor Emmanuel ...
Paul Daneman ...
Glynn Edwards ...
Neil McCarthy ...
David Kernan ...
Gary Bond ...
Peter Gill ...
Tom Gerrard ...
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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Taglines:

The supreme spectacle that had to come thundering out of the most thrilling continent! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Baker owned John Chard's Victoria Cross (and other medals) from 1972 until his death in 1976. Originally thought to be what is known as a "cast copy", the Victoria Cross was later proven, after a series of tests, to be the original. Unfortunately, Baker died never knowing he had the real VC. See more »

Goofs

A few of the battle scenes show British soldiers with bolt-action rifles. Apparently there weren't enough Martini-Henrys to go around. See more »

Quotes

Bromhead: [Adendorff has explained the classic Zulu 'buffalo' battle formation] It looks er... jolly simple, doesn't it?
Adendorff: It's, er, jolly deadly, old boy.
Bromhead: [laughs] Well done, Adendorff, we'll make an Englishmen of you yet!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 23rd 1879 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Starship Troopers (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Harlech
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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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