Zulu

Zulu

DVD - 2003
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Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment, c2003.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780792855613
0792855612
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (139 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Many commenters here think you have to have certain political views to enjoy this movie. Not so, and in fact many might interpret it as anti-colonialistic. It's a rollicking adventure film, with a pretty trite framing story, but you forget all that when the gripping battle starts, and it takes half the movie, and is a true spectacle. Great use of wide-screen photography, a fine score by John Barry, with spot-on use of the Welsh traditional, "Men of Harlech," and narration by Richard Burton. Highly recommended, one of the best war movies ever. And remember, "Welshmen will not yield!"

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lukasevansherman
Feb 03, 2019

1964 film about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It opens with the British defeat at Isandhlwana and then spends most of its time on the Battle of Rorke's Drift, in which a small force of British soldiers held up a massive Zulu army. Much of how you will feel about this film will depend on how you feel about imperialism. As no fan of it, I couldn't really get into the movie and found myself rooting for the Zulus, who are least depicted as a disciplined, skilled, and brave fighting force. Michael Caine, in his debut film, Stanley Baker, and Jack Hawkins star. The battle scenes are impressive, as are the John Barry (James Bond) score, and the location photography. It's kind of like The Alamo for Brits, but with a better ending for the white people. Oddly, it was directed by an American. Also see "Zulu Dawn."

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DUVIDL
Oct 29, 2018

The depiction of the Zulu warriors was in keeping with the transformation wroth by Ushaka (AKA -although incorrectly - Shaka Zulu): a fearless, intelligent military force who didn`t think they were the best, They KNEW they were the best! That`s why I still get tears in my eyes at the end: the Zulu give these men the greatest gifts they could bestow: they saluted these soldiers as fellow warriors ("If you can take everything we can throw at you and still keep on ticking, you desire our respect!") and their lives. Not portrayed as faceless savages but the epitome of the paraphrase "Ye, tho' I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear no evil - FOR I AM THE MEANEST MUTHERFOYER IN THE WHOLE DAMN VALLEY!' Based on true story, it`s worth a look.

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Calvacade
Oct 07, 2017

Great war movie starring Michael Caine. Interesting note - the regiment in the film were Welsh, and that they sang Welsh songs to keep morale alive.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 23, 2017

This amazing film is devastatingly accurate in its depiction of the Rorke's Drift action, and is superbly directed by Cy Endfield, whose battle scenes are some of the most terrifying ever committed to film.

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Dave99_0
Jun 19, 2017

A clash of cultures (Zulu, British and Boer) leads to 4,000 Zulu tribesmen attempting to overrun a small garrison of 100 British soldiers in 1879 in Natal Colony (now South Africa).
Death by spear at close quarters tests a man's bravery. They don't make films like this anymore. I would rate "Zulu" at 4.0 stars.

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RoyalJellyIII
Apr 13, 2016

Zulu is one of the greatest historical action movies ever made, and one of the great war movies. It is based on what historian Michael Glover terms " the most highly decorated battle in British history ", the defense of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879. Eleven of the defender's received Britain's highest award for valor, the Victoria Cross. The movie is a landmark in the art of cinema for its extraordinary combination of location, cross-cultural engagement, a real story, good script, fine cast, and a great production team.

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1_critic
Apr 13, 2016

There is nothing "heroic" about the British invading numerous African territories and slaughtering the indigenous people who are only trying to save their land and their culture!

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akirakato
Apr 09, 2016

This is a 1964 epic war docu-drama directed by Cy Endfield.
It depicts the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War.
One hundred and fifty British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded patients in a field hospital, successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu warriors.
Although actual participants of the battle are named characters in the film, they bear little resemblance to historical accuracy.
The most controversial portrayal is the one of Private Hook who is depicted as a thief and malingerer.
The real Hook was a model soldier and teetotaller.
His elderly daughters were so disgusted with the Zulu character, they walked out of the London premiere in 1964.
In any case, it is an epic semi-documentary that, despite showing the British bravery, depicts the pity and vain of a bloody war.

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JackPurcell
Mar 06, 2015

A well done portrayal of Roark's Drift well worth watching. The final scene is probably the best depiction of well armed organized military confronting primitive tribesmen and slaughtering them while coming away unscathed. A synopsis of modern wars whenever possible.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1csr0dxalpI

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