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Director:
Writers:
John Prebble (original screenplay) and
Cy Endfield (original screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 June 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Dwarfing The Mightiest! Towering Over The Greatest! See more »
Plot:
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
NewsDesk:
(65 articles)
User Reviews:
How the British Ruled the World See more (227 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stanley Baker ... Lt. John Chard R.E.

Jack Hawkins ... Otto Witt

Ulla Jacobsson ... Margareta Witt
James Booth ... Pvt. Henry Hook

Michael Caine ... Lt. Gonville Bromhead

Nigel Green ... 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 ... Surgeon Reynolds
Richard Davies ... Pvt. 593 Jones
Denys Graham ... Pvt. 716 Jones
Dafydd Havard ... Gunner Howarth
Dickie Owen ... Cpl. Schiess
Larry Taylor ... Hughes
Joe Powell ... Sgt. Windridge
John Sullivan ... Stephenson
Harvey Hall ... Sick Man
Gert van den Bergh ... Adendorff (as Gert Van Den Bergh)
Dennis Folbigge ... Commissary Dalton
Kerry Jordan ... Company Cook
Ronald Hill ... Bugler
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi ... Cetewayo (as Chief Buthelezi)
Daniel Tshabalala ... Jacob
Ephraim Mbhele ... Red Garters
Simon Sabela ... Dance Leader

Richard Burton ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bishop ... Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by
Cy Endfield 
 
Writing credits
John Prebble (original screenplay) and
Cy Endfield (original screenplay)

John Prebble (suggested by an article written by)

Produced by
Stanley Baker .... producer
Cy Endfield .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Dade (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
 
Art Direction by
Ernest Archer 
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup creator (as Charles Parker)
Judy Cadman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Richard Mills .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John D. Merriman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Robert Porter .... second unit director (as Bob Porter)
Howard Rennie .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dick Frift .... construction manager
Tommy Bacon .... props (uncredited)
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Paterson .... chief carpenter (uncredited)
John Poyner .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist
Stephen Dalby .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Fred Hughesdon .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
David Jones .... boom operator (uncredited)
Derrick Leather .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... stereo dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Ray Palmer .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Ray Palmer .... stereo dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Nicholas Stevenson .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Alan Strachan .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson .... sound recordist: music (uncredited)
Len Walter .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Roy Whybrow .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Sullivan .... stunt director
Joe Powell .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Robin Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
John Arnatt .... gaffer (uncredited)
Brian Ellis .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Peter Hammond .... camera technician (uncredited)
Brian Jones .... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Martin .... still photographer (uncredited)
F.J. Williams .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
Charles Prime .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Thompson .... assistant editor
Alan Strachan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Pamela Tomling .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Bobby Graham .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ian Fawn-Meade .... assistant to producers
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Douglas Rankin .... production consultant
Muirne Van Wyk .... continuity (as Muirne Mathieson)
Charles Cannon .... production accountant (uncredited)
Joan Dowie Dunn .... production secretary (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Marguerite Green .... production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Hall .... production accountant (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary (uncredited)
Diana James .... production secretary (uncredited)
Susan Langford .... production secretary (uncredited)
Caroline Murray .... production secretary (uncredited)
Anne Nickson .... on-set nurse (uncredited)
Roy Skeggs .... production accountant (uncredited)
Gillian Stone .... production accountant (uncredited)
Maureen White .... publicity secretary (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi .... the producers of this film are grateful to, and their peoples for their help and co-operation during the making of this film (as Chief Buthelezi of Mahlabatini)
Cyprian Paramount Chief of the Zulus .... the producers of this film are grateful to, and their peoples for their help and co-operation during the making of this film
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
138 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Australia:M (alternate rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1993) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Booth's character, Pvt. Henry Hook, was required to be in the field hospital, which were mostly interior shots. Therefore, Booth did not travel with the cast and crew to South Africa for the filming.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The young soldier guarding Witt addresses Color Sergeant Bourne as "Sir." Bourne was not a commissioned officer at this time and would not have been addressed as "Sir."See more »
Quotes:
[Bourne calls the roll after the battle]
Colour Sergeant Bourne:Hitch... Hitch, I saw you. You're alive.
Pte. Fred Hitch:I am? Oh, thanks very much.
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Soundtrack:
Men of HarlechSee more »

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117 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
How the British Ruled the World, 6 August 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

A magnificent recreation of one of the most incredible battles in history, Zulu depicts how less than 100 British soldiers held off an army of 4000 Zulu warriors. The battle follows a previous one, less than a day before, in which about 1200 British soldiers lost. This film really gives new meaning to the saying 'keep a stiff upper lip' - or 'never say die.' The British soldiers here, led by Lieutenants played by Baker & Caine, know full well the force coming against them; they know what has already occurred. By rights, they should beat a hasty retreat before the approaching army arrives. The film never delves into the reasons, psychological or other, of why the commanding officer is determined to remain, beyond just the statement that he holds the "queen's commission." It's a question that baffles the missionary (Hawkins, usually the stiff English officer in other films) who begs them all to leave. The film seems to say, when the moment comes, no man really knows what he will do until it is upon him. Here, the soldiers find out very quickly what they're made of.

Cy Endfield, the director, manages to build some heady suspense before even the awesome battle scenes. The soldiers hear a strange sound in the distance, "like a train" notes Caine. Now we no longer need wonder what 8000 feet on soil sound like. And it's not just the suspense; the drama here is very effective. There are numerous sequences where Endfield manages to drive home a point that sticks in your mind for days - maybe years. Who can forget that simple act of turning over a wagon? The photography is superb, capturing the vastness of the area, and should be seen in widescreen glory. I've seen this film many times as a kid and, of course, these were standard TV showings; I didn't know better, it was one of my favorite films of all time, regardless, but it's twice as glorious in proper aspect ratio. I even had the privilege of seeing this on a theater screen once about 20 years ago and I was suitably blown away, even knowing the story beforehand (nowadays, a DVD on a big screen TV is your best bet). The musical score is perfect, as well. I can't imagine the film with anything different.

When the fighting begins, it's really breathless; by that I mean, there is one central action set piece when many of the Zulu warriors break through the ranks and threaten the inner compound, including the officer in command. I always have to hold my breath during this sequence, even though I've seen it 20 times, it's that good. Every time a Brit soldier falls, I think, my God, that's a good portion of the entire defending force! They can never make it! Yet, they do, several times. It's a relentless depiction of war battles, never equaled (as in "The Alamo",1960, another historical depiction of a small group against a much larger force - it's good, but not even close). Somehow, Endfield and whomever helped choreograph the action scenes managed to weld together the perfect combination of huge crowd battles and singular confrontations where it becomes a little personal.

All the actors are first rate. Caine is terrific in his first major role. Baker is very solid - has to be - as the one in command. Booth - I know his character may not be historically accurate - but he's the most colorful, and when he explodes into full-fledged heroism, it's something to see. And Nigel Green as the sergeant - THAT's why the British ruled the world for a time! In fact, all the supporting and minor roles are filled out excellently; this was when script writing had to be extra professional. The much later prequel had no hope of comparing to this masterpiece, but even that film was well done. Yes, I'll say it one more time - this is a masterpiece.

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