Zulu (1964) Full Movie

Zulu
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Zulu (1964) : In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man-of-the-people, Lt. John Chard and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an Alamo-like siege 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". In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of the British soldier in face of the enemy only 1344 have been awarded. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879.

Title Zulu (1964)
Release Date Jan 22, 1964
Genres , , ,
Production Company Diamond Films
Production Countries South Africa, United Kingdom
Casts Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Paul Daneman, Patrick Magee, Glynn Edwards, Neil McCarthy, David Kernan
Plot Keywords africa, south africa, british army, british empire, based on a true story, mixed martial arts, violence, attempted rape, cult film, zulu, tribal warfare, 19th century
Lt. John Chard R.E.
Lt. John Chard R.E.
Stanley Baker
Rev. Otto Witt
Rev. Otto Witt
Jack Hawkins
Margareta Witt
Margareta Witt
Ulla Jacobsson
Pte. Henry Hook
Pte. Henry Hook
James Booth
Lt. Gonville Bromhead
Lt. Gonville Bromhead
Michael Caine
Colour Sgt. Frank Bourne
Colour Sgt. Frank Bourne
Nigel Green
Sgt. Maxfield
Sgt. Maxfield
Paul Daneman
Surgeon Reynolds
Surgeon Reynolds
Patrick Magee
Cpl. Allen
Cpl. Allen
Glynn Edwards
Pvt. Thomas
Pvt. Thomas
Neil McCarthy
Pvt. Hitch
Pvt. Hitch
David Kernan
Pvt. Cole
Pvt. Cole
Gary Bond
Narration spoken
Narration spoken
Richard Burton
Cetewayo
Cetewayo
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Company cook
Company cook
Kerry Jordan
Commissary Dalton
Commissary Dalton
Dennis Folbigge
Adendorff
Adendorff
Gert Van den Bergh
Stickman
Stickman
Harvey Hall
Stephenson
Stephenson
John Sullivan
Sergeant Windridge
Sergeant Windridge
Joe Powell
Hughes
Hughes
Larry Taylor
Corporal Schiess
Corporal Schiess
Dickie Owen
Gunner Howarth
Gunner Howarth
Dafydd Havard
Private 716 Jones
Private 716 Jones
Denys Graham
Private 593 Jones
Private 593 Jones
Richard Davies
Lance / Corporal
Lance / Corporal
Tom Gerrard
Private 612 Williams
Private 612 Williams
Peter Gill
Private Owen
Private Owen
Ivor Emmanuel
Dance Leader
Dance Leader
Simon Sabela

Reviews

  • 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 to this 1964 masterpiece. Zulu is a perfectly staged, perfectly acted account of the British defence of Rorke's Drift, where 139 British soldiers held off 4000 Zulu Warriors at the height of the Anglo-Zulu War. Its strength is not in romanticism or over sentimentality in the name of glossy hard sell, the crux lies with just being a tale of pure courage, a tale of pure stoic heroism, it sticks vigorously to the actual events, and thus the film plays out with genuine honesty that few other War pictures can ever lay claim to. Where does one start when outlaying the brilliance this picture has to offer? The Natal location is stunning, beautiful lush rolling hills dwarf this tiny outpost, the sky a never ending eye witness to the courage unfolding, Stephen Dade's photography perfectly capturing this colourful extravaganza. The direction from the criminally undervalued Cy Enfield is excellent, along with his star and producer (Stanley Baker in a role of a lifetime) he manages to direct some of the most amazing battle sequences put onto the screen, the discipline of man to man combat perfectly orchestrated by Enfield. The Zulu extras, who once had no idea what they was supposed to do at first, finally grasped the concept of movie making and added weight to the drama. It's now down in legend that Baker showed the chiefs a Gene Autry Western and that got them into the swing of things! The acting right through the cast is astonishing, Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, James Booth, Nigel Green, Ivor Emmanuel and Patrick Magee are just some of the cast that shine bright and bold. John Barry's score is blood pumping to the maximum, swirling strings collide with thumping base drums to give one the feeling of invincibility. Ernest Archer's art decoration, Arthur Newman's costumes and of course the John Prebble screenplay that is Zulu's heart. I could go on and name everyone involved in this picture, such is the admiration I have for the work involved. But really the story sells itself, not a glossy British victory in sight (the British defenders were allowed to withdraw from the engagement gracefully), this is not just another British fable of imperialistic fervour, it's just a tale of bayonets with guts behind them, and ultimately a story of when men really were men, all in the line of duty. Men of Harlech onto glory...10/10 and then some.