A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.
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 Elizabeth Farewell 10 episodes, 1986
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 Lord Bathurst 10 episodes, 1986
Henry Cele ...
Dudu Mkhize ...
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 George IV 10 episodes, 1986
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 Prof. Bramston 10 episodes, 1986
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams 10 episodes, 1986
Conrad Magwaza ...
Patrick Ndlovu ...
Roland Mqwebu ...
Gugu Nxumalo ...
Tu Nokwe ...
Vuyisile Bojana ...
Bingo Mbonjeni ...
Simon Sabela ...
Sam Williams ...
Alex Heyns ...
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Geoff Albert ...
Sonke Buthelezi ...
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 Lord Kimberley 5 episodes, 1986
Khumbulani Cele ...
 Shaka (6-11) 5 episodes, 1986
Dabula Ciliza ...
Bill Curry ...
Terence Dlamini ...
Thembinkosi Dlamini ...
Glen Gabela ...
 Shaka (15-19) 5 episodes, 1986
King Beaters Gabelah ...
Winston Gama ...
 Mzilikazi 5 episodes, 1986
P.W.M. Gardner ...
 Aithison 5 episodes, 1986
Keith Grenville ...
 Shepstone 5 episodes, 1986
Zipathe Gumede ...
 Nkalakata 5 episodes, 1986
Daphney Hlomuka ...
 Queen Ntombazi 5 episodes, 1986
Eugene Hlomuka ...
 Dilikana 5 episodes, 1986
James Irwin ...
 Gen. Chelmsford 5 episodes, 1986
Ian Jali ...
Kerry Jordan ...
 Rev. Bellow 5 episodes, 1986
Benedict Khambula ...
 Witchdoctor 5 episodes, 1986
Charles Kinsman ...
Sokesimbone Kubheka ...
 Cetshwayo 5 episodes, 1986
Bruno Luthuli ...
 Pungashe 5 episodes, 1986
Khulekani Magubane ...
Victor Majavu ...
 King Makedama 5 episodes, 1986
Phillip Majola ...
 Ngwadi (9 yrs old) 5 episodes, 1986
Humphrey Makhoba ...
Obed Makubane ...
 Messenger 5 episodes, 1986
Africa Manqele ...
Sonto Mazibuko ...
Grissel Mboni ...
Peter Mgaga ...
Eric Mcanyana ...
 Godongwana 5 episodes, 1986
Dingeni Mhlongo ...
 Nomcoba (child) 5 episodes, 1986
Precious Mkhize ...
Raymond Mkhize ...
 Soshangane 5 episodes, 1986
Amos Mkhonza ...
 King Kondlo 5 episodes, 1986
Louis Mtetwa ...
 Ufasimba 5 episodes, 1986
Sally Mthembu ...
Lucky Mtshali ...
Sabelo Ndebele ...
Daniel Ndlovu ...
Isabelle Ndlovu ...
Michael Nene ...
Shadrack Ngema ...
Elliot Ngubane ...
Peter Nkwanyana ...
 Ufasimba 5 episodes, 1986
Alfred D. Nokwe ...
Emily Nompumelelo ...
Adalbero Ntsele ...
Samuel Ntsini ...
 The Nameless One 5 episodes, 1986
Horatius Ntuli ...
 Njanis Father 5 episodes, 1986
Artwell Nyembe ...
 Ufasimba Leader 5 episodes, 1986
Aletta Rabotapi ...
 Maidservant 5 episodes, 1986
Michael Richard ...
 Mordechai Abrahams 5 episodes, 1986
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 Queen Victoria 5 episodes, 1986
Hugh Rouse ...
 Worthing 5 episodes, 1986
Cynthia Shange ...
Sibusiso Shange ...
 Phakathwayo 5 episodes, 1986
David Sherwood ...
 Captain Blair 5 episodes, 1986
Yule Simone ...
 Gendeyana 5 episodes, 1986
Leonard Sithole ...
Washington Xisolo ...
Ron Smerczak ...
Sibongile Sokhulu ...
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Oliver Stole ...
Sean Taylor ...
 The Prince Of Wales 5 episodes, 1986
Reginald Tsokolibane ...
 The Lion Man 5 episodes, 1986
Sean Weir ...
Robert Whitehead ...
Ganza Zama ...
Vincent Zulu ...
 Pakatwayo 5 episodes, 1986
V.E.M. Zulu ...
 King Sodubo 5 episodes, 1986
Patrick Zungu ...
Nomsa Xaba ...
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Storyline

Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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24 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Shaka Zulú  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film set of the series was intended to be used for additional big screen and television productions, but with the slump in the South African film industry at the time, it wasn't sustainable. So the enterprising owners, passionate about Zulu heritage and culture, turned the set into a cultural hotel and conferencing venue, which has gone onto become a very successful stopover for international tourists wanting an authentic Zulu experience. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Fynn: It would appear that Sommerset was right, wouldn't it? It all comes down to blowing their heads off.
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Connections

Followed by Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001) See more »

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Greensleeves
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Excellent Story
16 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Based largely on E. A. Ritter's novel, using diaries from Henry Francis Fynn (who is credited as providing medical care to Shaka after an attempt on his life from a member of a rival tribe) & James Stuart, this is a well told & well acted story. Shaka kaSenzangakhona's statesmanship and military prowess are some of the reasons he is rated as one of the greatest Zulu kings. Highly respected by his tribe this film shows the changes he was able to make in the way that the tribes performed in battle, he is known as a ruthless and effective warrior. Unfortunately this film is often hobbled by a cheesy score and some very poorly executed sound recording. The late Henry Cele was perfect for the role. Well worth watching if you can get by the results of budgetary constraints.


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