In 1879 South Africa, the administrators of the British Cape Colony have designs to eliminate the Zulus as a hindrance to their colonial economy. To that end, the British present King Cetshwayo with an impossible ultimatum to provoke a war they are sure they can win easily with their rifles and artillery against native spears. However, that war proves more difficult than the arrogant British commander, Lord Chelmsford, expects as his overburdened army fruitlessly searches for the elusive enemy. However, in the shadow of a hill called Isandlwana, the overconfident British army learns to its sorrow just how badly they have underestimated the tactical skill and might of the Zulu nation. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Like nothing before, God help us if ever again!
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15 May 1979 (USA)
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There was some opposition to the casting of Burt Lancaster
as Colonel Durnford, since at 64 he was much older than the character. See more
As Colonel Pulleine writes his last letter in his tent, he is holding the pen in his left hand. The shot switches to a view over his shoulder, and the pen is now in his right hand. Then as a Zulu bursts into the tent, Pulleine drops the pen from his left hand again to grab a revolver. See more
Sir Henry Bartle Frere
[proofreading aloud the ultimatum he has just drafted
Cetshwayo's Zulu army to disband and the warriors permitted to return to their homes.
Opening credits prologue: One hundred years ago the British Colony of Natal in Southern Africa was surrounded by a vast and independent Zulu Kingdom.
In 1879, a battle took place that was forever to alter the course of Colonial history: ISANDHLWANA See more
Referenced in Inglourious Basterds
Men of Harlech
Heard when the troops depart for Zululand See more