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)
The sun dawned bloodied...two great armies met face to face...and the earth trembled to the sound of the Zulu death chant!
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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
In several shots (most notable when the Zulus first come into view of the camp) it's obvious that many of the Zulu warriors are carrying fake shields: Instead of cowhide, the shields are obviously just painted on some sort of a plate, probably plywood. 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.
Featured in The Zulu Wars 1879
Men of Harlech
Heard when the troops depart for Zululand See more