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Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 17 June 1964 (USA)
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.



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David Kernan ...
Peter Gill ...
Tom Gerrard ...
Lance / Corporal


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 grantss

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


Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

17 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zulu  »


Box Office


$1,720,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1964
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Sound Mix:

(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a recent book, Stanley Baker intended the role of Pvt. Hitch to be played by "the actor from That Was the Week That Was (1964) whose surname begins with a K". He was alluding to Roy Kinnear, without realizing that the series also starred David Kernan. When Kernan turned up on the set, Baker realized his mistake but hired him anyway. See more »


When Chard fights the two Zulus who break through the line, a soldier near him is shot and slumps over the sandbag wall. In the next shot Chard picks up the soldier's rifle, which has a bayonet attached to it, and uses it to fight the Zulus. However, when the stricken soldier fell, his rifle didn't have a bayonet on it and was slung over the soldier's right shoulder, not propped against the wall where Chard could conveniently pick it up. See more »


Margareta Witt: Why do they carry those little daggers, Father?
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"And introducing Michael Caine" See more »


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Stamp and Shake
Written by John Barry
Performed by The Routers
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Undisputed Classic
23 August 2001 | by 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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