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John Prebble (original screenplay) and
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Release Date:
17 June 1964 (USA) See more »
Dwarfing The Mightiest! Towering Over The Greatest! See more »
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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Courage, Honor, Humanity .... War See more (225 total) »


  (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)
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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)
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)
Art Department
Dick Frift .... construction manager
Sound Department
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist
Ray Palmer .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunt director
Joe Powell .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Robin Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Brian Ellis .... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Martin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jennifer Thompson .... assistant editor
Alan Strachan .... 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)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary (uncredited)
Anne Nickson .... on-set nurse (uncredited)
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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Additional Details

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138 min
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)
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?

One of the film's technical advisors was a princess of the Zulu tribe and also the tribe's historian. She knew perfectly the strategy of the battle so she drew it on the sand and Cy Endfield shot it exactly how she drew it.See more »
Plot holes: 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 »
Colour Sergeant Bourne:The sentries report Zulus to the south west. Thousands of them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Pointless: Episode #3.7" (2010)See more »
Men of HarlechSee more »


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53 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Courage, Honor, Humanity .... War, 27 April 1999
Author: geek-4 from oregon

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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