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Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 17 June 1964 (USA)
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.


Cy Endfield


John Prebble (original screenplay), Cy Endfield (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... Lt. John Chard R. E.
Jack Hawkins ... Otto Witt
Ulla Jacobsson ... Margareta Witt
James Booth ... Pvt. Henry Hook
Michael Caine ... Lt. Gonville Bromhead
Nigel Green ... Colour-Sergeant Bourne
Ivor Emmanuel Ivor Emmanuel ... Pvt. Owen
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ... Sgt. Maxfield
Glynn Edwards ... Cpl. Allen
Neil McCarthy ... Pvt. Thomas
David Kernan ... Pvt. Hitch
Gary Bond ... Pvt. Cole
Peter Gill Peter Gill ... Pvt. 612 Williams
Tom Gerrard Tom Gerrard ... Lance Corporal
Patrick Magee ... Surgeon Reynolds


Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are one hundred fifty British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days, these one hundred fifty troops will fight about four thousand Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Excitement Fills the Screen in This Towering African Adventure! See more »


Drama | History | War


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Sir Michael Caine visited the officers' mess of the Scots Guards at Pirbright with the intention of perfecting his accent. He didn't. See more »


When the warriors line up at the top of the mountain to sing their salute to the defenders, one of the warriors has a shield with a large brown area and two small brown spots. The warrior then departs with the rest of them. At the very end of the film, Chard picks up a shield from a deceased warrior and presses the bottom of a shield into the ground. This is the same shield that was seen in the hands of the departing warrior. See more »


Cpl. Frederic Schiess, NNC: I belong to Natal Mounted Police.
Pvt. William Jones: Is that true then? He's a peeler, 716. Come to arrest the Zulus.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: JANUARY 23rd 1879 See more »


References The Mysterious Doctor (1943) See more »


Stamp and Shake
Written by John Barry
Performed by The Routers
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7 July 2012 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

In January 1879, about 100 British soldiers are forced to hold the small outpost of Rorke's Drift in South Africa's Natal province against about four thousand attacking Zulu warriors.

Based on a true story, this is one of the greatest war movies ever made. The film quickly sketches the personalities of the main characters, and when the action starts it quickly moves into high gear. It successfully mixes tension and action in a way that few war movies have yet matched.

The performances are great, particularly co-producer Stanley Baker as the hard-as-nails Lieutenant Chard who assumes command on the strength of his seniority, and Michael Caine, in his first major starring role, as the aristocratic Lieutenant Bromhead, who comes into conflict with Chard.

Refreshingly, the film is respectful in it's portrayal of the Zulus as honourable and dignified warriors.

The script features plenty of memorable dialogue and a decent amount of humour. It also features some stirring music from John Barry.

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English | Zulu

Release Date:

17 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,720,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Diamond Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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