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1
Release Date:
24 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!
Plot:
A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka. Full summary »
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Quite rewarding! See more (18 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 97 of 99)

Edward Fox ... Lt. Francis Farewell (1 episode, 1986)

Robert Powell ... Dr. Henry Fynn (1 episode, 1986)

Trevor Howard ... Lord Charles Somerset (1 episode, 1986)
Fiona Fullerton ... Elizabeth Farewell (1 episode, 1986)

Christopher Lee ... Lord Bathurst (1 episode, 1986)
Henry Cele ... Shaka (1 episode, 1986)
Dudu Mkhize ... Nandi (1 episode, 1986)

Roy Dotrice ... George IV (1 episode, 1986)

Gordon Jackson ... Prof. Bramston (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Griffith ... Zacharias Abrahams (1 episode, 1986)
Conrad Magwaza ... Senzagakona (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Ndlovu ... Mudli (1 episode, 1986)
Roland Mqwebu ... Ngomane (1 episode, 1986)
Gugu Nxumalo ... Mkabayi (1 episode, 1986)
Tu Nokwe ... Pampata (1 episode, 1986)
Vuyisile Bojana ... Mgobozi (1 episode, 1986)
Bingo Bentley ... Bhuza (1 episode, 1986)
Simon Sabela ... Dingiswayo (1 episode, 1986)
Sam Williams ... Jama (1 episode, 1986)
Alex Heyns ... Vegte (1 episode, 1986)
Graham Armitage ... Wilkins (1 episode, 1986)
Geoff Albert ... Thomson (1 episode, 1986)
Sonke Buthelezi ... Nqoboka (1 episode, 1986)
John Carson ... Lord Kimberley (1 episode, 1986)
Khumbulani Cele ... Shaka (6-11) (1 episode, 1986)
Dabula Ciliza ... Ghubela (1 episode, 1986)
Bill Curry ... Popham (1 episode, 1986)
Terence Dlamini ... Gazi (1 episode, 1986)
Thembinkosi Dlamini ... Mevana (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Gabela ... Shaka (15-19) (1 episode, 1986)
King Beaters Gabelah ... Musi (1 episode, 1986)
Winston Gama ... Mzilikazi (1 episode, 1986)
P.W.M. Gardner ... Aithison (1 episode, 1986)
Keith Grenville ... Shepstone (1 episode, 1986)
Zipathe Gumede ... Nkalakata (1 episode, 1986)
Daphney Hlomuka ... Queen Ntombazi (1 episode, 1986)
Eugene Hlomuka ... Dilikana (1 episode, 1986)
James Irwin ... Gen. Chelmsford (1 episode, 1986)
Ian Jali ... Sigiyana (1 episode, 1986)
Kerry Jordan ... Rev. Bellow (1 episode, 1986)
Benedict Khambula ... Witchdoctor (1 episode, 1986)
Charles Kinsman ... Cane (1 episode, 1986)
Sokesimbone Kubheka ... Cetshwayo (1 episode, 1986)
Bruno Luthuli ... Pungashe (1 episode, 1986)
Khulekani Magubane ... Zwide (1 episode, 1986)
Victor Majavu ... King Makedama (1 episode, 1986)
Phillip Majola ... Ngwadi (9 yrs old) (1 episode, 1986)
Humphrey Makhoba ... Dingane (1 episode, 1986)
Obed Makubane ... Messenger (1 episode, 1986)
Africa Manqele ... Ngazana (1 episode, 1986)
Sonto Mazibuko ... Bibi (1 episode, 1986)
Grissel Mboni ... Mfunda (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Mgaga ... Nzobo (1 episode, 1986)
Eric Mcanyana ... Godongwana (1 episode, 1986)
Dingeni Mhlongo ... Nomcoba (child) (1 episode, 1986)
Precious Mkhize ... Njani (1 episode, 1986)
Raymond Mkhize ... Soshangane (1 episode, 1986)
Amos Mkhonza ... King Kondlo (1 episode, 1986)
Louis Mtetwa ... Ufasimba (1 episode, 1986)
Sally Mthembu ... Majola (1 episode, 1986)
Lucky Mtshali ... Nondumo (1 episode, 1986)
Sabelo Ndebele ... Ngwadi (1 episode, 1986)
Daniel Ndlovu ... Dlaba (1 episode, 1986)
Isabelle Ndlovu ... Noliwa (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Nene ... Mbopha (1 episode, 1986)
Shadrack Ngema ... Joko (1 episode, 1986)
Elliot Ngubane ... Mphepha (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Nkwanyana ... Ufasimba (1 episode, 1986)
Alfred D. Nokwe ... Kuta (1 episode, 1986)
Emily Nompumelelo ... Mahlana (1 episode, 1986)
Adalbero Ntsele ... Luthuli (1 episode, 1986)
Samuel Ntsini ... The Nameless One (1 episode, 1986)
Horatius Ntuli ... Njanis Father (1 episode, 1986)
Artwell Nyembe ... Ufasimba Leader (1 episode, 1986)
Aletta Rabotapi ... Maidservant (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Richard ... Mordechai Abrahams (1 episode, 1986)
Erica Rogers ... Queen Victoria (1 episode, 1986)
Hugh Rouse ... Worthing (1 episode, 1986)
Cynthia Shange ... Mkabi (1 episode, 1986)
Sibusiso Shange ... Phakathwayo (1 episode, 1986)
David Sherwood ... Captain Blair (1 episode, 1986)
Yule Simone ... Gendeyana (1 episode, 1986)
Leonard Sithole ... Mbuya (1 episode, 1986)
Washington Xisolo ... Bhebhe (1 episode, 1986)
Ron Smerczak ... Ogle (1 episode, 1986)
Sibongile Sokhulu ... Nomcoba (1 episode, 1986)
Daniel Stewart ... Tonino (1 episode, 1986)
Oliver Stole ... Mbenghi (1 episode, 1986)

Sean Taylor ... The Prince Of Wales (1 episode, 1986)
Reginald Tsokolibane ... The Lion Man (1 episode, 1986)
Sean Weir ... Hockley (1 episode, 1986)
Robert Whitehead ... Simpson (1 episode, 1986)
Nomsa Xaba ... Sitayi (1 episode, 1986)
Ganza Zama ... Mtonga (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Zulu ... Pakatwayo (1 episode, 1986)
V.E.M. Zulu ... King Sodubo (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Zungu ... Igazi (1 episode, 1986)
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Series Directed by
William C. Faure (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Writing credits
William C. Faure (1 episode, 1986)
Joshua Sinclair (1 episode, 1986)

Series Produced by
Frank Agrama .... associate producer (1 episode, 1986)
Ed Harper .... producer (1 episode, 1986)
Leon Rautenbach .... executive producer (1 episode, 1986)

Joshua Sinclair .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
 
Series Original Music by
David Pollecutt (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Cinematography by
Alec Mills (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Film Editing by
Steve Sandrock (1 episode, 1986)
Anthony Shaw (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Casting by
Peter J. Elliott (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Production Design by
Hans Nel (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Costume Design by
Valentina Di Palma (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Derrick Bosch .... makeup designer (1 episode, 1986)
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist: Miss Fullerton (1 episode, 1986)
Desiree Maboea .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Mary Mhaladi .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Nick Mngwangi .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Moyo .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
David Murat .... assistant hair stylist (1 episode, 1986)
Bunty Phillips .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Timothy Renecké .... assistant hair stylist (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Production Management
Carol Hickson .... unit manager (1 episode, 1986)

Gordon Greaves .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Zsuzsanna Mills .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nigel Bower .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
David Bracknell .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Dabula Ciliza .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
James Devis .... second unit director (1 episode, 1986)
Peter J. Elliott .... action director (1 episode, 1986)
Graham Hickson .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Jaffee .... second assistant director: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Barry Leitch .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Gavin Mey .... third assistant director: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Zsuzsanna Mills .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Mark D. West .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Art Department
Anne-Marie Breytenbach .... props buyer: British scenes (1 episode, 1986)
Mike Fowlie .... property master (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Gordon .... set constructor (1 episode, 1986)
Dankert Guillaume .... assistant art director (1 episode, 1986)
Kingsley Holgate .... collaborator: art direction (1 episode, 1986)
Barry Leitch .... collaborator: art direction (1 episode, 1986)
Ben Madumo .... props assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Matacunias .... stand-by carpenter (1 episode, 1986)
Andrew May .... props buyer (1 episode, 1986)
John Rosewarne .... set constructor (1 episode, 1986)
Nick Saint Clair .... set dresser (1 episode, 1986)
Hans van der Vegte .... assistant art director (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Sound Department
Bill Asher .... sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Baard .... assistant sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Nicky De Beer .... assistant sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Hermien Dommisse .... post-synchronization director (1 episode, 1986)
Frank Farrar .... assistant sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Brian Frost .... sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Alan Gerhardt .... sound engineer (1 episode, 1986)
Roger Harrison .... sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Chris Martin .... sound assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Darryl Martin .... final mix (1 episode, 1986)
Karen Morshead .... assistant sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
Bethuel Mpotulo .... sound assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Alan Selesnic .... dubbing recordist (1 episode, 1986)
Lionel Strutt .... adr sound: London (1 episode, 1986)
Andy van Eeden .... sound assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Dean Vermaak .... sound: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Derek Ward .... sound editor (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Special Effects by
Paul Ballinger .... special effects (1 episode, 1986)
Roger Gaisford .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Geoff Hill .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Roy Taylor .... special effects: Kwa-Bulawayo fire (1 episode, 1986)
Cecil Zulu .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Wallace .... colourist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Soli Mhlongo .... stunt assistant (1 episode, 1986)

Peter J. Elliott .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Armstrong .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Kobus Botha .... camera operator: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Russel Bowden .... grip: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Alan Brierley .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Anthony Busbridge .... camera operator (1 episode, 1986)
Thadeu Dludla .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Donaldson .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Dave Dunn-Yarker .... camera operator: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Frank Elliott .... focus puller (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Feek .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Hermann Fick .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Gavin Horne .... chief grip (1 episode, 1986)
Petrus Khangale .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Larkin .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Solly Maloi .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Jacob Mashiane .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Shadrack Mathebethi .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Mkhaliphi .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Chris Molefe .... assistant camera (1 episode, 1986)
Benjamin Mosemago .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Steven Mosia .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Jeffrey Ngubane .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Mischak Ntshingila .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Otten .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Palmér .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Gilbert Reid .... clapper loader (1 episode, 1986)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... camera operator: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Elliot Sewape .... best boy (1 episode, 1986)
Nyoni Shezi .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Sagumisa Sikhakhane .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Sikhakhane .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Emil Wessels .... still photographer (1 episode, 1986)
Robin Wilter .... chief gaffer (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Witte .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Star Ximba .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)

James Devis .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lionel de Robillard .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
David de Vries .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Joanne Harper .... wardrobe supervisor: Bermans & Nathans (1 episode, 1986)
Jeanette Ingham .... head dresses (1 episode, 1986)
Stefan Lourens .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Solly Mthembu .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Erica Ndlovu .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Maria Randope .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
André Viljoen .... wardrobe assistant: Bermans & Nathans (1 episode, 1986)
Kelly Wolhuter .... wardrobe assistant: Bermans & Nathans (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Editorial Department
Sam Dlamini .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
Ettie M. Feldman .... supervising editor (1 episode, 1986)
Simone Kaplan .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
Bill Lenny .... executive editor (1 episode, 1986)
Mary-Anne Marks .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
Oscar Twala .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Music Department
David Pollecutt .... conductor (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Transportation Department
Jannie Breedt .... transportation manager (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Other crew
Marguerete Baas .... nurse (1 episode, 1986)
Grant Bushby .... publicist (1 episode, 1986)
Gypsy Chomse .... production secretary (1 episode, 1986)
Maureen Conway .... continuity: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Marlow De Mardt .... continuity (1 episode, 1986)
Peter J. Elliott .... dialogue coach / script editor (1 episode, 1986)
William C. Faure .... script editor (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Ford .... extras management (1 episode, 1986)
Gordon Greaves .... location manager: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Griffith .... script editor (1 episode, 1986)
Robby Guess .... mask maker: Queen Victoria's mask (1 episode, 1986)
Kingsley Holgate .... extras management (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Kaye .... dog handler (1 episode, 1986)
Johan Kruger .... assistant accountant (1 episode, 1986)
Barry Leitch .... cultural advisor / script editor (1 episode, 1986)
Gavin Lyle .... extras management (1 episode, 1986)
Leigh McLean .... assistant: producers (1 episode, 1986)
Alan McLoughlin .... legal advisor (1 episode, 1986)
Stevenson Mnyombolo .... continuity assistant (1 episode, 1986)
C.T. Msimang .... translator: Zulu (1 episode, 1986)
B.B. Ndelu .... cultural advisor (1 episode, 1986)
Gill Quann .... horse handler (1 episode, 1986)
Fergus Upfold .... location manager / logistics (1 episode, 1986)
May Venter .... production secretary (1 episode, 1986)
 

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300 min | 450 min (original version)
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Trivia:
The UK actors who worked on the project were nearly blacklisted by the UN.See more »
Quotes:
Shaka:A man chosen to wield life and death on the battlefield must be an artist, if he isn't, he is simply a murderer.See more »
Soundtrack:
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36 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Quite rewarding!, 1 January 2001

When Nandi and her unborn child are saved by the ancient witch doctor, he proclaims: "A force has been generated that in time will rock the foundation of the African sub-continent."

Indeed the prophecy shaped the event and Shaka was the ruthless founder of southern Africa's Zulu Empire... In less than a decade, the paramount chieftain of the Zulu clan revolutionized the techniques of tribal warfare and fashioned an efficient and terrifying fighting force that devastated the entire region...

Set against the emergence of British power in Africa during the early 19th Century, the film provides some valuable insights into comparative cultures...

Shaka (Henry Cele) is a man of considerable height, thin, with athletic body and white teeth who can read and write... He is a great warrior, tactically, strategically and physically... He rearms his army with a long-bladed, short-shafted stabbing spear, which forced them to fight at close quarters... He goes for extermination, incorporating the remnants of the clans he smashed into the Zulu, making it increase with numbers and power..

The Mini-Series begins with a letter to the British king (George IV) regarding the Zulus' potential threat to the Cape Colony... In an attempt to intimidate Shaka into an alliance with the British empire, the Secretary of War sends a delegation to inner African to meet with the fearful warrior...

We see:

- The meeting of Nandi, an orphaned princess of the neighboring Langeni clan and Senzangakona, the chief of the then small Zulu tribe... They are instantly attracted to each other... Nandi becomes pregnant, at the same time as Kona's wife, but the marriage did not last... Their marriage violated Zulu custom, and the stigma of this extended to the child...

- The couple separated when Shaka was six, and Nandi takes her son back to the Langeni, where he passed a fatherless boyhood among a people who despised his mother and makes him the butt of endless cruel pranks... He grows up to be bitter and angry, hating his tormentors... The Langeni drove Nandi out, and she finally found shelter with the Dletsheni, a sub-clan of the powerful Mtetwa...

- Shaka rules with an iron hand from the beginning, distributing instant death for the slightest opposition...

- While en route to Shaka's capital, the crew's doctor saves a girl who is in a coma and nearly buried alive by her tribe... Impressed by both the deed and their horses, Shaka agrees to meet with the crew... And so begins the clash of two cultures, two different worlds...

- Shaka, seriously wounded for saving an unknown warrior (King Dingiswayo), is nursed to health by a beautiful Mtwetwa girl...

- Shaka, believing in total annihilation, joins the Mtwetwa army and creates a dangerous weapon for the African warfare...

- Shaka grants Port Natal, with its ivory rights, to the British crew after he is saved by the crew's doctor from an assassination attempt...

- Shaka's mighty army saving the British delegation in a battle against thousands of Ndwandwe warriors... To test the alliance and allegiance of the British delegation, Shaka orders them into battle alone against the Ndwandwe warriors...

- With his mother's death Shaka becomes openly psychotic... Shaka rules by the sheer force of his personality, building, by scores of daily executions, a fear so profound that he could afford to ignore it...

Set against the spectacular panorama of the Zulu tribal homelands, and with graphic violence and frequent nudity, "Shaka Zulu" is a tremendous epic Mini-Series, chronicling the rise and fall of one of the most famous South Africans who has already passed into legend...

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