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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Dwarfing The Mightiest! Towering Over The Greatest! See more »

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17 June 1964 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film's world premiere took place in London on the 85th anniversary of the battle it depicts. See more »

Goofs

The NCO badges of rank are on the left arms, these should be on the right arms. See more »

Quotes

Surgeon Maj. Reynolds: Orderly, damn it!, will you keep the flies away! Fan it! Damn you, Chard! Damn all you butchers!
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"And introducing Michael Caine" See more »

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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #39.3 (2010) See more »

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Men of Harlech
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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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