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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.


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Lt. John Chard R. E.
Otto Witt
Margareta Witt
Pvt. Henry Hook
Lt. Gonville Bromhead
Colour-Sergeant Bourne
Ivor Emmanuel ...
Pvt. Owen
Paul Daneman ...
Sgt. Maxfield
Cpl. Allen
Pvt. Thomas
David Kernan ...
Pvt. Hitch
Pvt. Cole
Peter Gill ...
Pvt. 612 Williams
Tom Gerrard ...
Lance / Corporal
Surgeon Reynolds
Richard Davies ...
Pvt. 593 Jones
Denys Graham ...
Pvt. 716 Jones
Gunner Howarth
Dickie Owen ...
Cpl. Schiess
Joe Powell ...
Sgt. Windridge
John Sullivan ...
Harvey Hall ...
Sick Man
Gert van den Bergh ...
Adendorff (as Gert Van Den Bergh)
Dennis Folbigge ...
Commissary Dalton
Kerry Jordan ...
Company Cook
Ronald Hill ...
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi ...
Cetewayo (as Chief Buthelezi)
Daniel Tshabalala ...
Ephraim Mbhele ...
Red Garters
Simon Sabela ...
Dance Leader
Narration spoken by (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bishop ...
Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by

Cy Endfield

Written by

John Prebble ... (original screenplay) and
Cy Endfield ... (original screenplay)
John Prebble ... (suggested by an article written by)

Produced by

Stanley Baker ... producer
Cy Endfield ... producer
Basil Keys ... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

John Barry

Cinematography by

Stephen Dade ... director of photography

Film Editing by

John Jympson

Editorial Department

Jennifer Thompson ... assistant editor
Alan Strachan ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Pamela Tomling ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Ernest Archer

Costume Design by

Hilda Geerdts ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Charles E. Parker ... makeup creator (as Charles Parker)
Judy Cadman ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Lawrance ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Richard Mills ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael Morris ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

John D. Merriman ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Bert Batt ... assistant director
Robert Porter ... second unit director (as Bob Porter)
Howard Rennie ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Watson ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Dick Frift ... construction manager
Tommy Bacon ... props (uncredited)
Vernon Dixon ... set dresser (uncredited)
John Paterson ... chief carpenter (uncredited)
John Poyner ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

Rusty Coppleman ... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock ... sound recordist
J.B. Smith ... sound recordist
Stephen Dalby ... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Fred Hughesdon ... sound maintenance (uncredited)
David Jones ... boom operator (uncredited)
Derrick Leather ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum ... stereo dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Ray Palmer ... dubbing mixer (uncredited) / stereo dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Nicholas Stevenson ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Alan Strachan ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson ... sound recordist: music (uncredited)
Len Walter ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Jimmy Harris ... special effects (uncredited)
Roy Whybrow ... special effects (uncredited)


John Sullivan ... stunt director
Joe Powell ... stunt arranger (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... stunts (uncredited)
Robin Webb ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Dudley Lovell ... camera operator
Sergio Strizzi ... uncredited
John Arnatt ... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael Browne ... electrician (uncredited)
Ken Eddy ... camera crane (uncredited)
Brian Ellis ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt ... still photographer (uncredited)
Peter Hammond ... camera technician (uncredited)
Brian Jones ... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Martin ... still photographer (uncredited)
F.J. Williams ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Arthur Newman ... wardrobe supervisor
Charles Prime ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

John Barry ... conductor
Bobby Graham ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Sidney Margo ... music contractor (uncredited)

Other crew

Ian Fawn-Meade ... assistant to producers
Joseph E. Levine ... presenter
Douglas Rankin ... production consultant
Muirne van Wyk ... continuity (as Muirne Mathieson)
Charles Cannon ... production accountant (uncredited)
Joan Dowie Dunn ... production secretary (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Marguerite Green ... production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Hall ... production accountant (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell ... production secretary (uncredited)
Diana James ... production secretary (uncredited)
Susan Langford ... production secretary (uncredited)
Caroline Murray ... production secretary (uncredited)
Anne Nickson ... on-set nurse (uncredited)
Roy Skeggs ... production accountant (uncredited)
Gillian Stone ... production accountant (uncredited)
Maureen White ... publicity secretary (uncredited)


Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi ... the producers of this film are grateful to, and their peoples for their help and co-operation during the making of this film (as Chief Buthelezi of Mahlabatini)
Cyprian Paramount Chief of the Zulus ... the producers of this film are grateful to, and their peoples for their help and co-operation during the making of this film
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. Written by grantss

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Taglines Dwarfing The Mightiest! Towering Over The Greatest! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • The Battle of Rorke's Drift (United Kingdom)
  • Zoulou (France)
  • Zulú (Spain)
  • Zulu - Die Schlacht von Rorkes Drift (Austria)
  • Zulu - Die Schlacht von Rorkes Drift (West Germany)
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  • 138 min
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Budget $1,720,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Jack Hawkins was upset at the way his character (Rev. Witt) was shown on film. He admitted he did not like the way his scenes had been edited in his 1973 autobiography "Anything for a Quiet Life", although he denied reports that he had left the premiere. See more »
Goofs The Zulu chief Cetshwayo did not send his impi to attack Rorke's Drift, and in fact ordered that the installation be left alone. It was one of his half-brothers who ordered and led the attack, figuring he would get a quick victory and impress the king. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Wizards (1977). See more »
Soundtracks Men of Harlech See more »
Crazy Credits At the end of the opening credits 'and Introducing Michael Caine' is shown, this would suggest that this was his first film. In fact MC had previously had five credited film roles, numerous TV appearances and several uncredited film roles before appearing in Zulu. See more »
Quotes Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Damn the levies man... Cowardly blacks!
Adendorff: What the hell do you mean "cowardly blacks?" They died on your side, didn't they? And who the hell do you think is coming to wipe out your little command? The Grenadier Guards?
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