Zulu (1964)

In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) 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.

Directing:
  • Cy Endfield

Writing:
  • John Prebble
  • Cy Endfield

Stars:
Release Date: 1964-01-22
themoviedb icon 7.4/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English | isiZulu
  • Runtime: 138
  • Budget: $3,500,000
  • Revenue: $8,000,000
Michael Caine
Michael Caine
Lt. Gonville Bromhead
Patrick Magee
Patrick Magee
Surgeon Reynolds
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
Rev. Otto Witt
James Booth
James Booth
Pte. Henry Hook
Nigel Green
Nigel Green
Colour Sgt. Frank Bourne
Ulla Jacobsson
Ulla Jacobsso...
Margareta Witt
Richard Burton
Richard Burto...
Narration spoken
Stanley Baker
Stanley Baker
Lt. John Chard R.E.
Neil McCarthy
Neil McCarthy
Pvt. Thomas
Paul Daneman
Paul Daneman
Sgt. Maxfield
Larry Taylor
Larry Taylor
Hughes
Richard Davies
Richard Davie...
Private 593 Jones
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