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Zulu (2013)

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Policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate the brutal murder of a young white woman, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug and somehow connected to the disappearance of black street children.


Jérôme Salle


Caryl Ferey (book), Julien Rappeneau | 1 more credit »
2 wins. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Orlando Bloom ... Brian Epkeen
Forest Whitaker ... Ali Sokhela
Conrad Kemp ... Dan Fletcher
Inge Beckmann Inge Beckmann ... Ruby
Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Claire Fletcher
Regardt van den Bergh Regardt van den Bergh ... De Beer
Randall Majiet Randall Majiet ... Cat
Patrick Lyster ... Dr. Joost Opperman
Joelle Kayembe Joelle Kayembe ... Zina
Tanya van Graan ... Tara
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Kruger
Christian Bennett Christian Bennett ... Stan
Iman Isaacs Iman Isaacs ... Janet
Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Josephina (as Nomhle Nkoyeni)
Denise Newman ... Shebeen Queen


As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkatha, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain. Today, Ali is chief of the homicide branch of the South African police in Cape Town. One of his staff is Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman. Together they have to deal with crime that inevitably exists in sprawling areas of un- and under- employed people, crime exacerbated by gangs, both local and from other parts of Africa. Their job gets even more difficult when the corpses of two young women are found. A new evil has been introduced in the city and a new drug has been introduced to its residents, including both murder victims. At the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, the echoes of... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, language, sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Djimon Hounsou was originally set to star, but dropped out. See more »


When Ruby is attacked, Brian cuts his restraints with a large shard of glass from the window he just ran through. The window shattered into small fragments, as safety glass does, so no big piece would be available to do so. See more »


Brian Epkeen: Yebo Baba.
Ali Sokhela: You look like hell.
Brian Epkeen: I'm happy to see you too.
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References Snatch (2000) See more »

User Reviews

Zulu 2013 is well worth your time to enjoy
21 April 2014 | by bob-larranceSee all my reviews

This is a very good movie. There, I said it. Let me say it again: this is a very good movie.

If I can identify one weak point, then I will point to the script that at times introduces some plot elements that rapidly fill in the blanks to advance the story. However, the script more than makes up for that minor problem by revealing complexity to the Whitaker and Bloom characters in a subtle way that makes us truly care about the two cops they portray.

Whitaker is very good, establishing a character then staying true to what he presents initially. If you like watching the mature Forest Whitaker do his thing then you will enjoy this movie.

However, to me this is Orlando Bloom's movie to carry, and he scores big time. If you are one of those that enjoys Orlando then this is a movie for you. All of that time he has spent adding to his bank account with fluffy roles has also brought him to this point where he can truly pull off a major role with skill.

Zulu is set in modern day South Africa and the portrait of that nation isn't pretty at all. Further, it is pretty easy to see that the social problems the film deals with are not only current but real and accurate. Zulu isn't just a who-done-it, but a powerful indictment of the causes of the subject crime embedded deep in 20th century history.

Like all good cop movies there is some redemption at the end so fear not in the middle, if you find yourself a little depressed. Stick it out and you will feel a little redemption yourself, maybe a little hope.

I see that the budget was $20 million and I think the producers got a great deal of worth for their investment. Problematic I guess is distribution of a cop film set in South Africa with some pretty harsh elements, at least to American audiences. Fortunately, for a few bucks in the near future you can watch it online.

Go see it if it at all sounds like your cup of tea, I promise you that you will enjoy it.

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France | South Africa


Xhosa | Zulu | English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

4 December 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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