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Part of the: Anglo-Zulu War Collection

Status: Released

Runtime: 113

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Languages: zu, en

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  • Amanecer Zulú
Content Score: 100


5.4/10 (7 votes)


In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Cy Endfield co-wrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of Isandhlwana, which remains the worst defeat of the British army by natives, with the British contingent outnumbered 16-to-1 by the Zulu tribesmen. The film's opinion of events is made immediately clear in its title sequence: ebullient African village life presided over by King Cetshwayo is contrasted with aristocratic artifice under the arrogant eye of General Lord Chelmsford (Peter O'Toole). Chelmsford is at the heart of all that goes wrong, initiating the catastrophic battle with an ultimatum made seemingly for the sake of giving his troops something to do. His detached  manner leads to one mistake after another.


The sun dawned bloodied...two great armies met face to face...and the earth trembled to the sound of the Zulu death chant!


Director: Douglas Hickox
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Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster
as Col. Anthony Durnford…

Denholm Elliott

Denholm Elliott
as Colonel Pulleine

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins
as C.S.M. Williams

Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole
as Lord Chelmsford

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