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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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Lt. John Chard R.E.
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James Booth ...
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Colour-Sgt. Bourne
Ivor Emmanuel ...
Pvt. Owen
Paul Daneman ...
Sgt. Maxfield
Glynn Edwards ...
Cpl. Allen
Neil McCarthy ...
Pvt. Thomas
David Kernan ...
Pvt. Hitch
Gary Bond ...
Pvt. Cole
Peter Gill ...
Pvt. 612 Williams
Tom Gerrard ...
Lance Corporal
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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zulu | warrior | battle | british army | defeat | See more »

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

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Drama | History | War

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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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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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, Pvt. Henry Hook (played by James Booth) was nothing like the hard-drinking, insubordinate, malingering malcontent portrayed in this film. In fact, Hook was never a discipline problem and was known among his fellow soldiers as somewhat of a prude. See more »

Goofs

The British officer states that the Zulu riflemen can not fire from the hill because the chief is afraid of hitting his own warriors. This is incongruous with the opening skirmish in which the chief counts the British guns "with the lives of his warriors." See more »

Quotes

Adendorff: Haven't you had enough? Both of you! My god, can't you see it's all over! Your bloody egos don't matter anymore. We're dead!
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.181 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Men of Harlech
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Performed by Army Soldiers
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Best film ever...
14 January 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

simply my favourite film. A true story well told.

I wanted to clarify some points from recent reviwers which I hope help exlain some questions. Mainly from Geofbob.

The two Lts. Chard and Bromhead - were new to battle. The reason Chard performed so well may be largely due to the fact that he was an engineer who knew about building defences. The mealie bag wall they build in the film was vital in order to slow up the thousands of zulus.

The victory was not a sure thing because they had guns. The zulus had hundreds of guns capture that morning from the other 1700 British troops that had been killed by the zulus armed with spears.

As to where the Hawkins character went to ? In reality he legged it away from his mission before the battle - later submitting a bill for damages to the British government.

No explanation into the reasons for the battle. No bad thing as the true story of men against men is a worthy tail on its own and any explanation would be open to interpretation - read the history yourself!

One last point everyone enjoys the Men of Harlech scene. Whilst this is poetic license - a very similar incident happened in the Afghan war at the same time. A Btirish regiment cut off and fighting to the end, sang God Save The Queen just before the final Afghan attack - they survived - remember these were very different men from today, no political correctness here and possibly a lot more courage. 10/10

Oh, and by the way Colour Sgt Bourne - very much existed in real life. He was awared the DCM and lived until 1945, the last survivor of Rorkes Drift.


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