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 (email@example.com)
Like nothing before, God help us if ever again!
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15 May 1979 (USA)
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(as Dolby System Noise Reduction - High Fidelity)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
This movie is based on an original story and scenario by Cy Endfield
, who is also credited as writing its screenplay. Enfield was a producer and the director and screenwriter of Zulu
(1964). He was considered an expert on African history and the history of the Zulu nation and was was slated to direct this film, but died before production began. Douglas Hickox
replaced him. It was to prove to be Hickox's last film. See more
The 17th Lancers accompanying Lord Chelmsford and his HQ very prominently during the movie were actually sent to South Africa only after the disaster the movie depicts, together with the 1st Dragoons. At the early stage of the war the movie shows there were only some local and native mounted units at hand, and some British infantry that were mounted for the particular campaign. 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