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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 »
User Reviews:
Superlative acting, cinematography & direction: what impact! See more (227 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 (as J. B. Smith)
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) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1993) (2007) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was shot in the Royal Natal National Park, which is about 90 miles southwest of Rorke's Drift (the Amphitheater mountain forms a dramatic backdrop in the movie). The area surrounding the actual Rorke's Drift is nowhere near as mountainous as in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When Lt. Bromhead (Michael Caine) is seen returning from his hunt, the bearers are carrying a dead cheetah and a springbok. The springbok is an antelope that inhabits arid areas in the northwest of South Africa, and was never present in Natal.See more »
Quotes:
Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead:Now there's a bitter pill. Our own damned rifles!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Men of HarlechSee more »

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92 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Superlative acting, cinematography & direction: what impact!, 9 August 1999

I cannot find words to fully express how perfectly formed this film is, though I will- of course- make a good stab at it!

I've seen Zulu so many times since it was first released that I have lost count. In the days when you could sit in the cinema and watch a film come round for a second (or even a third) time, I always did this with Zulu. I bought the soundtrack when it came out (on vinyl, of course).

From Stanley Baker & Michael Caine on through the cast list the acting is, quite simply, superb. This is an ensemble piece, and the ensemble gives its all! Photographically, it is beautifully conceived and executed. There is a tendency in 'war' movies to find a couple of favourite types of shot, and then endlessly repeat them, rather like a budgerigar that has learnt how to make his bell ring: no danger of that here; a whole lexicon of camera movements & angles is deployed with consummate skill so that you cannot watch this film without being fully engaged with it.

But, to cut to the chase, what is so striking is that here is a movie that could so easily have been yet another 'duffing up the natives' actioner, and instead becomes a vehicle for all sorts of interesting questions. Questions such as 'what is it to be a man?', and 'what is courage?' are posed and turned into interesting questions with complex and surprising answers.

The way that Zulu culture/social psychology is compared with that of the British soldiers is also deft and insightful. The cry of the drunken pastor- "you're all going to die"- echoes through the rest of the film, as we see how the protagonists face death.

Any review of this would be incomplete without mention of the music, which is so well-suited to the action. It forms a restless, swirling, and sometimes majestic backdrop to what is happening on-screen.

The voice-overs which 'bookend' the film also underline that which is, in any case, clear from the narrative: this film is no apologia for imperialism. Neither does it represent battle as other than bloody and painful murder. What is, perhaps, the most remarkable feature of the film is the way in which it damns war while neither grossing out nor alienating its audience. It is, on the contrary, an enthralling and passionate entertainment.

One memorable visual moment occurs toward the end, when the Zulus appear simultaneously on the skyline all round Rorke's Drift. Compare this with the appearance of the tanks on the skyline in 'The Battle of the Bulge'...

P.S., beware (as you always should) TV showings or videos that are 'scanned' rather than in the original letterbox format: cinematography this good does not deserve to be butchered!

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