Zulu

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Overview

In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) are in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an Alamo-like seige until they are overwhelmed, losing the battle, but going down in history as heroes. 150 soldiers defended a supply station against some 4000 Zulus, aided by the Martini-Henry rifle 'with some guts behind it. "At Rorke's Drift, eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded. Seven to the 2nd Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, one to the Army Medical Department, one to the Royal Engineers, one to the Commissariat and Transport Department and one to the Natal Native Contingent.

  1. Cy Endfield

    Director, Screenplay

  2. John Prebble

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Stanley Baker

    Stanley Baker

    Lt. John Chard R.E.

  2. Jack Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins

    Rev. Otto Witt

  3. Ulla Jacobsson

    Ulla Jacobsson

    Margareta Witt

  4. James Booth

    James Booth

    Pte. Henry Hook

  5. Michael Caine

    Michael Caine

    Lt. Gonville Bromhead

  6. Nigel Green

    Nigel Green

    Colour Sgt. Frank Bourne

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 18m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • June 17, 1964
    NR, Theatrical

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Featured Review

A review by John Chard

10.0
By John Chard

Men of Harlech onto glory.

"In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of a British soldier in the face of the enemy, only 1,344 have been awarded, 11 of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879"

Just typing out that spoken narration from Richard Burton brings me out into goose pimples, and the hairs on the back of my neck stand to attention, Zulu quite simply is my favourite film of all time, and my love for cinema to this day owes its credit t... read the rest.

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