Zulu [VHS]

 
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"Sentries have come in from the hill, sir.... They report Zulus to the southeast. Thousands of them." One of the best pure action movies ever made, this rousing adventure recounts the true story of a small 18th-century regiment of British troops (including a very blue-blooded turn by a young Michael Caine) endlessly besieged by an seemingly unceasing number of fierce attackers. Although the basic premise has since been executed with more technical skill and panache (most notably by Aliens and Michael Mann's The Last of the Mohicans), it's unlikely that anything will ever top the utter spectacle and, above all, sheer unbelievable size of the combat scenes that almost wholly comprise the last half of this film. A gloriously exhilarating essential for anyone looking to get lost in the heat of cinematic battle, topped off with a healthy dose of gallows humor. Not to be missed. Richard Burton voiced the stirring narration. Zulu was followed by a slightly dry but still recommended prequel, Zulu Dawn. --Andrew Wright

Customer Reviews:

  • A great classic film
    Zulu is a great old action movie. It's great for a lot of reasons, but it's definitely a 40 year old movie. It was made in a simpler time for Hollywood, back when a movie could be made to provide viewers with a good time without any real political agenda. This is the kind of film you can sit back and enjoy while still appreciating the work that went into this film.

    Michael Caine does a nice job in this film, and I think it was his first major film. However, he doesn't play a John Wayne type of role, he's just a guy who does his part and gets the job done. The other actors basically do the same thing; all do it very well.

    There is no love story at all and the friendships are never really developed. The commander of the British forces isn't very likeable, and Michael Caine's charisma is held in check for the most part. Still, you get lots of action in an unusual setting. For example, we've all seen 100 films of each of the following scenarios: WWII, knights & castles, submarines, cowboys and indians, etc.; but how many movies have we seen with this setting? To top it off, this is based on a true event. And from a book I read on this battle, the film is reasonably accurate.

    Don't expect modern special affects. You will see guys shot at close range and fall dead without 1 drop of blood anywhere. Still, the action is very good. This is definitely a "guy's film". ...more info
  • A historical gem
    This film is the absolute classic war movie. It has been the inspiration for many other movies, including the attack on Helm's Deep in Peter Jackson's "The Two Towers." As a historical incident it is fascinating. The battle of Rorke's Drift shows just how one-sided the encounter could be between industrial warfare and the courage and skill of African warriors. Africa contained no more warlike tribe than the Zulus. If you think this has nothing to do with today's Africa, you're wrong. ...more info
  • Excellent Print/Transfer in Widescreen
    Over time, there have been a number of cheap knockoff DVD versions of this classic film. I can only think that some of the reviews read on this page refer to those knockoffs, most of which are pretty poor. However, the official MGM DVD release sold here is a superb transfer. The original print is in great shape with no scratches that I could see. The colors on the transfer are bright and true to life, the red tunics particularly well rendered with no bleeding. It is crystal clear and wide, wide screen best viewed on a wide-screen monitor. As for the film, it was certainly one of my favorites as a youngster when it first came out, and I still need to see it at least once a year, but it does have the pace of an older film with a bit too many histrionics to stand up well today(as if the sergeant and his men would have the time to stand around spouting verses with the Zulu hordes just over the horizon). But that said, visually it's a sumptuous film. If you've never seen it, it is well worth a visit. If you've seen it before, it's a great transfer and you can always fast-forward through the over-dramatic bits ("The Lord sayeth you shalt not kill...!). I think my favorite line is by the above-mentioned sergeant while reading off the company roster: "Say 'Sir'... officer on parade.)...more info
  • UK Import- Looks/sounds great works fine on US players
    I ordered this from Britain when it first came out and can confirm that it will work fine on US players. I can also confirm that it looks and sounds great. However, given the weak British pound, it is far less expensive to purchase it from Britain (just do a web search, you'll find a better deal) instead of purchasing it from Amazon....more info
  • Classic movie
    Zulu is arguably one of the best movies ever made. Stanley Baker and Michael Caine are the main stars in this true story. The main reason why I liked the film is because of the battle scenes. Furthermore, the character development was excellent and the acting by Caine, Baker as well as the extras playing as Zulu warriors were superb. In short, if you like war movies, this is a MUST buy but if you prefer romantic ones, stay clear of this.

    This DVD version is in widescreen format....more info
  • Zulu review
    Made in 1964, some of the action scenes are somewhat lacking in reality, but the setting, the use of the real names of the actual people who were there, and the overall reality makes this my favorite movie of all time.
    The sounds of the chanting and singing Zulu warriors will make your hair stand on end......more info
  • A Classic
    This film is, quite simply, one of the greatest war films ever made. There is some stilted dialogue, but the thousands of extras, the quality of the acting and the climactic scene in which the two sides attempt to out sing each other before the Zulus launch a last attack, more than make up fo this. The battles themselves, along with the last fight in Seven Samurai and the battle of Borodino in the Russian version of War and Peace, are some of the greatest filmed without the use of CGI technology.
    By the way, 'Lauren', you say that the film was unrealistic as so few of the British died, because the Brirish win against overwhelming odds, and because their supposedly 'idiotic' commander refuses to withdraw.
    1)This film is based on a true story
    2)More of the defenders die in the film than in reality actually did (13 people died at the battle)
    3)The Brtish did win the battle, there were about 150 ofthem and 4000 Zulus.
    4) Let us suppose that they had decided to withdraw. Thy could not simply have been airlifted out; they would have to have marched all the way back to British territory, carrying their wounded, whilst being chased by thousands of Zulus trained to run tens of miles in a day; in short, if they had tried to flee they would have been all killed. ...more info
  • Totally Pleased With This War Epic
    I thought that I had seen this film in theaters as a kid,but after buying it and viewing it the other night,I'm not so sure,or my memory fails me,because I did not remember this film at all! Be that as it may,I loved it! When Lt.Chard orders the pitiful remainder of troops to form 2 lines for the next attack of the Zulus,I was "blown away" how they orchestrated firing,then kneeling to reload,while the line behind advanced and fired,and they kept repeating this manuever.It was AWESOME to watch. I have been enjoying purchasing and watching the older war films,as it is such a joy to watch such well-made films,with fabulous actors and without the filthy language of the war films since the Vietnam era. Even my late husband (a Vietnam Vet,BTW) could not stand the movies about and since that war for the language/gore Hollywood wallows in.

    I have one thing against the desription on the DVD case where it says "As a terrifying war chant echoes across the majestic African plains,4,000 Zulu tribesmen rise up from the tall grass that hides them." This never happens! They are never hidden in tall grass,and in fact there is no tall grass around! When I read that,I thought it surely was the film I remembered from my childhood,because I seem to remember such a scene,but it is not in this movie! So unless this movie is dratistically different on DVD than the one I recall,I am thinking of a different movie,but that does not explain a description for a scene that is not included?

    However,this is a great movie and very "edge-of-your-seat" tension. Great character developement as well....more info
  • Zulu
    Excellent movie! Historical accuracy, great scenery, fantastic music, and wonderful acting. Newcomer Michael Caine is the Guy You Love To Hate. ...more info
  • ZULU... One of the top 10 best action/war movies of all time!
    I have seen this great film many times, either on TV or on video... I just recently purchased my copy on DVD from Diamond Entertainment and the quality is actually pretty good. Somewhat similar to the video version I have also. And, I bought it at the Goodwill for only $4.00. regardless, this is an awesome film, and a truly must see. Stanely Baker and Michael Caine are a good team and work well together is this film. Can't say much more than what other reviewers have already said...

    Perhaps, one day someone will release a digital remastered copy of this great, iconic film on DVD......more info
  • Enjoyable
    Very interesting depiction of actual events. The violence is so unrealistic by today's standards that it's a little humorous, but it still gets the message across. That little group of Welsh soldiers fought like heroes, as most men probably would when facing certain death. What men they must have been though! The Zulu dances and music seemed surprisingly authentic and were neat to watch too.

    It's fascinating to me how many movies made in that era made Christian missionary-types out to be extremely bizarre and disturbed. But don't let that stop you. It's still worth seeing....more info
  • Anglo-Saxon
    I'm always a little wary of one-sided movies, although it's impossible to cover every angle of an historical event in two or three hours. But as marvelous as much of "Zulu" is in its acting and production values, we never learn exactly what's bothering the tribesmen, and why they're willing to run up and get shot at point-blank range to try to drive the British out of South Africa. A couple of scenes from the natives point of view would have made this a more palatable film, and given audiences some understanding of what was happening in 19th century Africa....more info
  • Stiff Upper Lip Action Adventure
    ZULU is a good stiff upper lip Military action adventure film directed by Cy Endfield. The battle sequences and their buildup are spectacularly staged. This is a suspenseful and very moving film thanks to an outstanding cast including Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, James Booth and Nigel Green and John Barry's incredibly dynamic score. I just wish this copy was in stereo.
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  • Zulu
    This is perhaps the one of the best war films ever made. Despite what people may say it was based upon real events and reflected them reasonably accurately.

    Chard and Bromhead were both interesting Characters. In reality both were relatively old for their respective ranks and it could be considered that they had both been overlooked and left behind at Rourke's Drift by the Main Briish force as it was considered an unimportant position. However both were professionally trained and this together with the profesionalism of the other soldiers is what allowed them to succesfully defeat 4000 zulus.

    The film does not glorify War, but does aknowledge the courage, attention to duty and camaraderie of the people taking part. A small point but to other reviewers - the soldiers taking part were predominantly Welsh, and not English - There is an important difference

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  • Singing Foes!
    "Zulu" (1964) is a very good war movie that grows up to an epic chronicle.
    The story is based on real facts occurred in South Africa in January 1879 and follows them with some alterations (as usual).

    After a few introductory scenes, the film goes directly into an action packed narration.
    The situation is as follows at Rorke's Drift stands a Christian mission. There are two small British detachments in place, totalizing around a hundred men, one for garrisoning the mission and the other one for building a bridge across the river.
    Suddenly they receive notice that the main British force in the territory has been massacred early that day. Moreover Zulu's army four thousands warriors strong are marching against them.
    Two very different young Lieutenants and their experienced Sergeants start urgent preparations to resist. A collection of picturesque Welsh soldiers are the backbone of the stronghold defenders.
    The Pastor of the Mission incites troops to flee. He is successful with the auxiliary forces. A cavalry platoon passes by and refuse to reinforce them.
    So the detachment is alone, isolated and without hope of reinforcement.
    Zulu army starts attacking and reveal themselves as an organized, disciplined and courageous force.
    The battle rages with increasing sanguinary violence and a prodigy of braveness is displayed by both parts.

    There are some anecdotic but relevant facts around the movie to be noted.
    It was filmed relatively near where the original battle take place, the South African scenery is beautifully photographed.
    Some of the first scenes show a Zulu's mass marriage ceremony, comprehending dancing and singing by hundreds of members of that ethnic group. The ancestral choreography is just a joy to see!
    The opposing choirs deliver one of the finest pre-battle scenes I ever watched!
    The epoch reconstruction, military and diction are very accurate.

    Finally play acting is great. Stanley Baker as Engineer Lt. Chard gives deepness to his character and is able to show the internal conflicts that traverse Chard's soul.
    Michael Caine in his first important role makes a perfect composition of the spoiled and aristocratic of military ascent Lt. Bromhead. It is said he took his pains to perfect his accent in a military garrison.
    Jack Hawkins IMHO is not at his best in this film. Nigel Green as veteran Colour Sgt. Bourne is impeccable.

    This is one of the best war movies depicting colonial wars I ever seen. I strongly recommend it.
    Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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  • never mind the tinman hand-to-hand once those Zulus do get there
    Michael Caine in his first big job. a big 'war epic', in the trailer they even said 'DWARFING THE MIGHTIEST!' it's about these 100something moody, sweaty British soldiers who fought off 4,000 Zulu warriors. the first eternity/hour+ of the movie is just spent moping around the fort, waiting for something to happen while the Englishmen in red felt stack up sacks of corn around the perimeter, and a lot of "dammit" and "good old boy" going on. anyway pretty ridiculous.
    actually, the Zulus do take on a 3rd dimension for the wedding/dance scene at the beginning, but spare yourself the remaining 2 hours....more info
  • Stunning - every time you see it
    I still remember the first time I saw this film and sat riveted to the TV. Everytime I see it again I think I'll be watching it for some favorite scenes, only to be - yep - still riveted to the TV. There are so many good actors in good roles with well-written scenes, so well directed and filmed that it would be pointless to try to list them. The film works on many levels, including an accurate depiction of the actual battle, a peek at a culture that has disappeared in its aboriginal form, filmmaking as storytelling, cultural conflict (in about half a dozen ways, actually), courage and survival, and on and on and on. It's absolutely spine-tingling in the battle scenes. This film has been #1 on my top 10 films list for decades. ...more info
  • Amazing!
    I've seen this movie countless times, I'm even old enough to remember seeing it in the theater when it was first released. It is a magnificent piece of cinema and, in my humble opinion, the greatest movie ever made. The acting, the driving music, the suspense, the action, this movie has it all and if you watch this on a big screen television you will have the feeling of being in the mix of the defenders. Regardless of the quality of the DVD, the movie is well worth watching. And as soon as a high-quality DVD comes out, I'm buying that one as well....more info
  • Great movie- crappy DVD
    Zulu is arguably one of the greatest war movies ever made. Even people who don't like war movies will enjoy this movie.

    Unfortunately, this version of it on DVD will not play on most computer DVD players. So if you watch movies on your computer, then you are probably out of luck.

    MGM should be ashamed of themselves for using overly restrictive copy protection....more info
  • Blu-Ray Looks Great
    Besides the fact that this movie production is one of my all time favorites, this Blu-Ray release makes it even better. Very crisp images and excellent sound track. If you really enjoyed the movie, you are really going to enjoy this Blu-Ray release. It also has 'Making of' specials that are not found on previous releases. It plays on my Regional 1, Panasonic BD10A, Blue-Ray with no problems at all. Enjoy. :-)...more info
  • A great story
    I have always liked this movie.Lots of action and the actors were great.I always wonder why the Zulu did not finish them off.Does anyone know how many Zulu were killed?...more info
  • Already a classic by now...Rorke's Drift 1/1 wargame!... and a true epic!
    Probably wargame is a bad description... this is an epic classic film to be treated with due respect... NO REMAKE UP TO NOW means IT WAS RIGHT ON THE SPOT!,
    but been a wargamer myself and having painted a lot of Zulus and 24th south wales borderers figures in 25mm... it rapidly comes to mind!
    Once digested I AM INTERESTED IN THIS PARTICULAR MILITARY ACTION!

    1) You can analyze the movie (after all that is why you are reading this?) and it starts a bit slow... builds tension... and the second part of the film IS GREAT ACTING!... as epics go it is one of my favorites and the cast and direction are superb... (the fillings on the teeth of Michael Caine are a bit ludicrous when shouting FIRE! in a close up first plan...) but well...
    As a film really deserves the five stars. And I will stand my ground on it.

    2) As a military action there ARE some mistakes in the uniforms used (which look better then the more recent red tunics on ZULU DAWN)... I seriously doubt about white helmets not been stained and badges removed... same as per the green facings of the 24th (too dark in the movie)... The full dress tunic of lieutenant Chard (Stanley Baker) was not probably used on active service... and so on...
    But the military tactics and proportions of compound are beautifully done... plus the fact of being shooted in Natal...
    So, all considered still a solid five stars.

    Resuming if you love epics or military action based films THIS IS A CLASSIC TO HAVE... once seen you'll probably skip the first part in subsequent viewing and go straight for the battle second part of the film!

    ADB ...more info
  • Home Entertainment = cheap DVDs???
    Two star rating is only for the Home Entertainment release.
    Otherwise this is a fantastic 4 or 5 star film. See the other
    reviews. I am warning about the Home Entertainment release. Audio
    is AM radio quality while the orchestral score absolutely requires
    multichannel high fidelity. Or better. Video quality is soft; it
    looks ok through an RF adapter on a 19" TV, but I think anyone
    with high quality equipment will probably be very disappointed.
    I got it for a dollar less than five bucks and now have to buy the
    studio release; don't know if I would even give it away. Probably
    should be destroyed....more info
  • Excessive DNR and tinny sound
    I have the Criterion Laserdisc from 1989 and this Blu ray disc, with the spectacular new transfer from 2007, renders it unwatchable. The colours are really vibrant and the print is pristine. However, I find the digital noise reduction problematic - and completely unnecessary. It gives the picture (particularly flesh-tones in all the close-ups) an artificial "plastic" appearance. There is absolutely no grain visible at all. The BD soundtrack is also problematic - it is a thin and reedy mono, while the laserdisc has a better stereo soundtrack, created from the original multi-track 4 track stereo master. There certainly isn't a better version available, but this could be improved on....more info
  • One of the Best War Movies Ever
    "Can a small British force withstand the onslaught of thousands of fearless, battle-hardened Zulu warriors?" That's the question that this classic war film will answer.

    Here's the situation that the Brits face at the outpost known as Rorke's Drift in South Africa. A force of about 90 British soldiers and combat engineers are ordered to defend a small missionary outpost in the heart of Zulu country during the Zulu War of 1879. The British forces at this remote outpost have received word that 1,500 members of a crack British regiment have been masscred by an indomitable force of Zulu warriors.

    Besides the 90 or so able-bodied Brits at Rorke's Drift, there are about 35 sick and wounded soldiers who are being cared for by the missionaries there. When the Zulu warriors arrive, the British are stunned to discover that they are outnumbered about 40 to 1.

    This film is arguably one of the best battle movies made. It features a star-studded cast headed by Stanley Baker and Michael Caine and includes such distinguished British actors such as Jack Hawkins, Patrick Magee, and Nigel Green. John Barry's stirring soundtrack is superb, and the cinematography of the Natal countryside near where the actual battle took place is glorious. This was one of Caine's earliest starring roles and garnered him the attention of the British film industry for his later roles in The Ipcress File and then Alfie.

    For a film that was released 45 yrs ago, it's still a good "watch" today, despite rudimentary special effects....more info
  • Victorious Alamo
    "Zulu" is a fabulous film based on a relatively minor action during the Zulu Wars in Natal during the 1870's. The acting is uneven in places but the spectacle and glory carry the film to a full five star rating. This is a story of the battle of Rourkes Drift, a crossing from Zululand into greater Natal. The crossing is defended by a small number of British regulars who expect no action--they are building a bridge.

    Things are about to change drastically, though. Unbeknownst to them the Zulu have annihilated a large column of British troops and gained their rifles. An induna of one Zulu Impi is humiliated that he didn't make the battle in time. Against orders, he decides to make up for his tardiness by attacking Rourkes Drift. 5,000 Zulu bear down on a makeshift fort manned by scarcely 300 Brits armed with Martini-Henry single shot rifles. The Zulu bide their time but make sure the English drink the last drops of terror. The colorful impi, dressed in the differently colored cowhide uniforms of their various regiments, stay just out of range, singing and pounding on their shields in a terrifying display of power.

    The attack comes frontally while Zulus armed with rifles set up an inaccurate fire from the overlooking heights. Charge after charge is repelled by rifle and bayonet. Englishmen die and Zulu are dead in heaps. The Zulu make it to the burning hospital where they try to kill the sick and wounded soldiers. The hospital bursts into flame and, again, Englishment and Zulu die. The fight goes on all night and the English are constantly whittled down.

    Amazingly, in the morning, the Zulu have had enough. They signal their respect and trudge back into Zululand leaving their comrades rotting in the sun. It's a great film, a testament to courage and a testament of what men can do when their backs are hard against the wall.

    Ron Braithwaite author of novels--"Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God"--on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico...more info
  • Hard to find item at a great value!
    Quick, fast service and movie was in excellent condition....more info
  • Classic
    I dont know how many times i've seen this movie,but im sure its into the 100's.Its the type of movie you can watch it and then go back to particular scenes and watch them over and over.
    The strategy's they used to fight off the Zulu's were brilliant.First time i saw this movie i was glued to the TV, i was about 12 in the late 70's.I thought no doubt they would all be slaughtered at the end,but they somehow seemed to just hang in there.But i wont give away the end of the movie for all the young people who may not have seen it.
    Its quite a long movie, and takes a while to get started,but when it does you are glued to it.
    The scenes are brilliant.You cant help but feel how you would react in such a situation.
    The acting in this movie is simply brilliant and totaly convincing.Michael Caine made his debut here,and Stanley Baker was brilliant as a British Army engineer officer.
    Definitly one of,if not my favorite movie of all time....more info
  • ZULU ... Breathtaking and Spectacular presentation
    This historical epic from 1964 shines in what is certain to be the best remembered transfer of any film to Blu Ray format. What has happened is a complete restoration of this film from pristine stock, and the result will blow you out of the room. Having witnessed the film in 1964 in the theater and in countless manifestations since then on VHS video tape, and laser disc to DVD's this is by far the best presentation with true and accurate colors, sharp focused picture, glorious sound it is almost better than the original. If you are new to Blu Ray this is the disc to test your equipment with, or if you have been a Blu Ray collector for sometime now add this DVD to your collection for a top notch action film rendered as the directors must have wanted. This Blu Ray disc is also REGION FREE so you can play it on any DVD player anywhere. Spend 133 minutes with this classic film, and you will be a Blu Ray collector for life. ...more info
  • Brilliant
    As I mentioned in the review for Zulu Dawn, my opinion is a little skewed by nostalgia. I love this film. The battle at Roarke's Drift is well deserving of its own movie and Zulu does it great justice. ...more info
  • what film was J Michael watching?
    Umm - have just read the review by J Michael on Zulu - what film was he watching? Falling asleep watching Zulu? This would be possible only if you were raised watching films with the subtlety of a housebrick and constant, overwhelming action - tell me J Michael are Arnold Schwarzenegger movies your ideal of film pacing and action? Zulu is a classic military action film, even handed, dramatic and with a brilliant score - and yes there are historical inaccuracies - but then if you watch American movies, Americans won every war singlehanded and didn't have aggressive, colonialist excursions into Mexico, Phillipines and Cuba. As for Zulu being a "western" - guess what, the rest of the world don't need to recast their history in the terms of a simplistic film genre - this misrepresent the pyschological impact of some battles and some victories everywhere but America. The news of the victory at Rourke's Drift came on the heels of the dreadful bloodbath of Iswandlana - where a British column was slaughtered to a man by supposed "savages". No wonder the press and people of England lauded the successful defence. There is something in the British pysche that glories in defence over offence - even at Waterloo, it was the British squares that stood against the French attack that got the tears rolling and the heart swelling. See Zulu and be stirred....more info
  • Lives up to its reputation
    First, as an American I'd like to apologize for those reviewers taking the British Empire to task for their empire and colonies. What nonsense in light of what U.S. troops were doing at the same time British troops were fighting at Rourk's Drift and such: pacifying the American West. You know, Indians. I guess it's different when it's 'your land'...

    Which leads me to the first striking realization I had watching this film. Cinematically, it's a western. The warfare looks the same, the gap in military technology the same, and Natal looks similar to parts of Wyoming. That said, this stands in a short list of great Westerns, inflected as it may with Union Jack accents and the old stiff upper lip.

    I appreciated the relative even-handedness in acknowledging the bravery of the Zulu warriors and a couple lines suggesting the British had no reason to be there. Reading a little on imdb, I discovered the director donated the livestock to the Zulu tribes that gave an assist, as a way to by-pass payment restrictions to people of color under apartheid; it is sad realizing that apartheid might not have been in effect had battles like Roark's Drift hadn't been consummated. And, of all the historical inaccuracies and omissions, I wish the filmmakers would have mentioned that this Zulu contingent was an off-shoot lead by the leader's son, who was rashly disobeying the edict not to attack entrenched British units.

    As an American, I can only imagine what size this battle has in the British psyche. I imagine something like the Alamo to us (which has an almost comical regard to all but Texans in general), although the Alamo was largely a slaughter and intential martyrdom rather than a successful defense and display of tactics.

    The acting is wonderful - no complaints anywhere, with the non-professional Zulus registering even more than the white actors at times. The pacing is impressive, with the lax doldrums of a colonial assignment giving way to the awesome extended battlescenes. And, with Halloween coming up, I'm not sure I have ever heard anything creepier than the sound of the Zulus approaching from beyond the hills (the 'train' sound). Creepy, creepy, creepy.

    A great movie. I had the fortune to watch this the same week I saw Powell and Pressberger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. I cannot imagine two other films informing me so well about the British heart and its empire....more info
  • A Must See & Discuss film for all Mud Soldiers
    When I was in the Army, I was told to see this tape asap. It was good advice in that it tells one how to hold a piece of ground under very difficult terms. Its the closest one can get to understand how men can be made to fight and fight well under some really great leadership. The Widows Army was very lucky to have such men. It is a testimony to their training and leadership that such green troops performed so well. The Zulus are also shown in this movie as very worthy foes as they should be. (Cold Steel against Rifles!! That takes balls made of brass.)
    A timeless story that is well worth the time and money. As a sidebar this should be complimented with the Book "The Defense of Duffer's Drift" if you can find it. ...more info
  • I love this movie!
    First, let me stress this: Buy the MGM release! All others are pan and scan public domain and do not do justice to this magnificent movie.

    Over 200 people have already had their say, and I have nothing very different. This is a fun, exciting, and deeply moving movie experience. An interesting sidelight is that it's one of Jack Hawkins last roles with someone else doing his voice--due to cancer. And it's the first major role for Michael Caine who does an incredible job of leaving all traces of his Cockney origins behind. If you already have an inferior pan and scan DVD, replace it. You'll be glad when you get that flat widescreen!...more info
  • OUTSTANDING WAR EPIC
    1964 saw the release of maybe perhaps one of the best war movies ever made.superb performances by michael caine,stanley baker,jack hawkins,james booth,ula jacobson and narration by richard burton and directed by cy enfeild,the historic 4,000 zulus attack 140 british soldiers in 1879,spectacular battle scenes and oustanding performances makes this a great movie.the anamorphic widescreen of this presentation is outstanding.this is truly a masterpiece of work and a great addition to any collection but beware this is a nerve shattering experience that takes you in the middle of the battle unlike other war movies you may have seen...more info
  • May 2003 MGM release: Excellent anamorphic transfer to DVD
    I almost did not purchase a DVD of "Zulu" based on the mostly negative comments (by other Amazon reviewers) regarding the quality of the video and sound transfer to DVD. Well, I took a chance--and wow! The transfer to DVD is excellent! The format is anamorphic widescreen, enhanced for 16 x 9 large-screen, high-definition TVs. My comments are based on the Region 1, May 2003 DVD release by MGM. The DVD cover artwork is a painting (not a photo) that shows a likeness of Michael Caine in his British uniform. There are apparently older versions or knock-offs that might be the source of those other negative comments regarding the picture quality.

    I have a high-defintion TV and I am very particular about the quality of the transfer of old films (like this, filmed in 1964) to DVD. I watched "Zulu" on a 46-inch Samsung high-def, LCD TV, played via a Toshiba 1080p HD DVD player. The picture is crystal clear (I did not notice any grain or dirt), the colors perfect (good flesh tones--and the British red coats are their true bright red, not washed-out orange as another reviewer commented), and the sound is also good. If you have a high-defintion TV with surround sound, you will not be disappointed. This DVD edition of this 1964 classic is highly recommended!...more info
  • Zulu
    Wow. An old movie, with great action, and Ok acting. Introducing Michael Cane??? That tells you how old it is. I'd definitely watch it again....more info
  • 3.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Zulu is not perfect--the first half drags a little and the Reverend's character is inconsistent--but it's my favorite movie: a stirring action film that develops characters we care about and then pits them against an honorable enemy in an amazing sequence of battle scenes set against the best score John Barry ever wrote....more info
  • A neglected and many times forgotten gem movie!
    Michael Caine became a true star with this tragic incident in which the Zulu warriors committed a massacre in 1879 on a British mission, The battle sequence is breathtaking and the cast was simply formidable. Based on a real life fact.
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  • A must see for military history buffs
    This is a classic military defense that succeeded. If one watches both this film and "The Alamo," the contrast is obvious. At Rorkes Drift, the defense was by disciplined British infantry, and the defensive position was laid out by a military engineer who knew what he was doing in fortifying the site. Discipline and good planning ensured success.

    There are a number of films about historic, last stand, defenses including "Khartoum" and "The Alamo," where defenses failed and the defenders were massacred; and "55 Days at Peking" and "Zulu," where the defenses were successful. Perhaps there is a message in this, i.e., succeed or die. If failure is equated with death, there is a high incentive to do your utmost. These were "take no prisoners" type situations. There were no non-combatants.

    I remember someone asking once about the significance of officers commissioning dates. In this case it made a great deal of difference and resulted in the engineer officer having overall command. He obviously had better training in designing and building defensive works, even ones that used walls, fences, wagons, and sandbags (or grain bags). The final redoubt was a do-or-die last line of defense.

    Overall, the film is very good, and seems to stick to the historic situation. It would be interesting to know what finally happened to Chard, Bromfield, and the others....more info
  • A REAL COMBAT EPIC THAT STANDS UP TO REPEATED VIEWINGS OVER TIME
    AN HISTORIC VIGNETTE THAT TAKES PLACE WHERE A LARGE NUMBER OF VICTORIA CROSSES WERE AWARDED - Rorke's Drift in Natal, 1879:

    In 1879 the British army was having a tough time maintaining its dominant position in Africa. 'Zulu' is a testiment to that difficulty and the typical imperialistic solutions of the time. 'Zulu' thrusts the action upon the viewer rather viscerally and the result is a memorable event.

    'ZULU' IS ALL ABOUT OVERCOMING DESPERATE OBSTACLES AGAINST ALL ODDS!

    In much the same fashion as at the Alamo, about a hundred British soldiers dug-in at Rorke's Drift in Natal, Africa to stand up against a superb Zulu force of about 4,000 warriors. The Zulu's had already destroyed a British force of over a 1,000 soldiers to the last man, and the much smaller Rorke's Drift outpost was next. Lt. John Chard, [Stanley Baker] a Royal Engineers officer who had been assigned to construct a bridge, assumes command of the Rorke's Drift outpost, and is determined to hold the British position there.

    Lt. Gonville Bromhead, [Michael Caine] is at odds with Chard's command decisions at first, believing that a retreat from their fixed, exposed position, followed by a series of mountain pass ambushes is the way to defeat the Zulu's. There is tension, and anxiety between the two officers, and indeed anxiety is the mood everywhere among the outnumbered British defenders. Everything we see and hear shouts: LOST CAUSE! Nevertheless, the British are staying and fighting.

    Reverend Otto Witt [Jack Hawkins] with his daughter Margareta Witt [Ulla Jacobsson] are first seen witnessing a Zulu mass marriage ceremony where they find out about the defeat of the large British column. They rush to Rorke's Drift to evacuate the sick and wounded, but manage only to make a drunken spectacle instead, which only increases the growing tension around the outpost. After the missionaries are physical expelled from Rorke's Drift by Chard, empty-handed, the siege and battle begins in earnest. The rest, is history: extraordinary, dramatized, and exceptionally well-played.

    Richard Burton does an excellent job narrating, and his Welch accent and origin appropriately matches the soldiers. At the end, Burton states that 11 of the 1344 Victoria Crosses awarded since its inception over 100 years earlier, were earned at Rorke's Drift.

    >----- THE PLAYERS <-----

    Stanley Baker - Lt. John Chard
    Jack Hawkins - Rev. Otto Witt
    Ulla Jacobsson - Margareta Witt
    James Booth - Pvt. Henry Hook
    Michael Caine - Lt. Gonville Bromhead
    Nigel Green - Color Sgt. Bourne
    Paul Daneman - Sgt. Maxfield
    Patrick Magee - Surgeon Reynolds

    >----- THE PRODUCTION TEAM <-----

    Cy Raker Endfield - Director - Producer - Screenwriter
    Stanley Baker - Producer
    John Prebble - Screenwriter
    Stephen Dade - Cinematographer
    John Barry - Composer (Music Score)

    THE DVD & SPECIAL FEATURES: FRONT ROW ENTERTAINMENT - WIDESCREEN EDITION

    An outdoor epic like Zulu benefits from being Widescreen, which this DVD is. The sound and video transfer are quite good, and a big improvement over the VHS edition. If you can, be sure to select the Widescreen edition which highlights the huge outdoor, on-location panoramic scenery that in full-screen mode seems reduced into the background, and with the reduction goes also some of the scale, and scenic grandeur of the natural settings. Special Features are absent, but this edition is remastered.

    >- 5-STAR CLASSIC WAR EPIC

    'Zulu' is a rapidly paced, fictionalized account of the historic incident in Rorke's Drift in Natalaccount in 1879. Suspense, action and the unknown fills this film from beginning to end. The big question boils down to, will anyone survive the night? I have seen this film countless times since its release 42 years ago and I have found it gripping and exciting each and every time.



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  • A Great Movie
    One of my favourite movies of all time.
    A must for any collection.
    It's basically a true story about 100 fit and 40 sick Welsh soldiers being attacked by 4000 of the world's bravest soldiers, the Zulu, and how they fought them to a standstill using single shot Martini-Henry rifles and 24" pig-sticker bayonets.
    Two scenes always stick in my mind. One is where the Welsh out sing the Zulu with "Men of Harlech" and the other where after the battle, the Colour-Sergeant tells Lt. Chard that it was won with "a rifle and bayonet with a lot of guts behind it!"
    Forty odd years on, it has not aged at all.
    One word to describe it?
    Fantastic.
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  • pure history, pure action, and pure great
    this tale of the english vs. zulu warriors at rorke's drift after the zulu's defeat of the english army some days before. the battles are beyond belief and the cast is the best. check this one out ...more info
  • I should have liked this movie but didn't.
    The characters were wooden, the historical innacuracies myriad, and the violence not overly realistic. The only things they got right were the Zulus and the time frame. The Zulus were descendants of the actual warriors who fought in the Battle of Rorke's Drift. As for the time frame, I believe this movie must have lasted the length of the actual battle, at least 15 hours. You wouldn't believe that you could fall asleep during a Zulu attack but you can while watching this movie. So many of the battle scenes were almost completely identical- Zulus attack, Brits repeal, over and over again- that you won't lose much if you keep your finger on the fast-forward button. Still, it has its moments- I particularly liked when the Brits started singing "Men of Harlech", even though that not only didn't really happen, but they weren't even singing the real lyrics to the song. I was glad to see a historically significant event like the Battle of Rorke's Drift brought to film, but it left a lot to be desired. I might see this again some day, just to make sure that my initial reaction was justified. I don't expect to change my mind though....more info
  • Zulu
    This is one of the best movies of the Zulu wars that I have seen
    in a long time. It was very well made Though some things were wrong. Like the throwing of the spears. The Zulu spear was a short stabing spear used in close combat. It was not for throwing. But alround it is a great moving worth owning.
    And the did have Martin Henery rifles at the battle. They got them from the men they killed at Isandhwana.

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  • Top shellf
    This movie for its time is fantastic,it depicts the courage of both the British and Zulus,and the honor of the Zulus.
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  • THE BEST WAR MOVIE EVER!
    A true story, Zulu is one of tha all time greatest movies ever! Acting is superb as is the realism and the struggle of the British soldiers to survive in a fight to the death against thousands of fearsome Zulu warriers. The courage of the British soldiers would impress anyone.

    I think this is far better than any of the recent war films in that it deals realisticly with how the people reacted when faced with overwhelming odds. It doesn't use computer special effects or try to give some politicaly correct message its just a great movie.

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  • One of the greatest adventure films of all time...
    ...but not one of the greatest DVDs of all time, which is the only reason this is rated four stars instead of five. MGM/UA's transfer is a definite improvement over the atrocious Diamond public domain release, but compared to Paramount's Region 2 PAL disc, which includes new documentaries and original trailers, it's a poor show.

    Zulu is one of those films that left an indelible impression of the unique power cinema can have on those of us who saw it on the big screen as children. Intellectually and emotionally other films may have the advantage over it, but as a purely cinematic experience Zulu is unbeatable.

    Siege epics were curiously popular in the Sixties - 55 Days at Peking, El Cid, Khartoum, The War Lord, The Alamo among them - but perhaps none have quite such a hold on the public's affections as Zulu, particularly in the UK. It's a celebration of national courage (but not nationalism) with its eyes wide open. The besieged men aren't there to build empires but because it's their job - "Because we're 'ere. There's no-one else," as Nigel Green's memorable Colour-Sergeant puts it to a young soldier.

    It's a film with dignity on both sides of the conflict but no self-importance, it manages to extol heroism without glorifying war. It's also one of the few films to show the sheer physical arduousness of prolonged battle - it ends not with triumph and jubilation but with sheer exhaustion.

    The narrative construction is deliberate and belongs to the days when films built up to a climax instead of throwing them in every ten minutes to keep the audience awake. John Prebble and Cy Endfield's script is strong, its subtle clash of egos between Stanley Baker and Michael Caine never over-emphasised and surrounded by memorable vignettes among the rank-and-file that gives the film a depth beyond the superbly handled battle scenes - Nigel Green struggling to maintain his composure as he takes the final depleted roll call, drunken missionary Jack Hawkins' truly irritating Bible-bashing unnerving a young private, Neil McCarthy's concern for a sick calf taking precedence over the ongoing battle.

    Co-producer Baker was never to get (or give himself) so good an opportunity in a mainstream movie again, and nor were Endfield and Prebble (the three had previously collaborated on the terrific 1957 thriller Hell Drivers). Mention in despatches to Green and Gert Van Den Bergh as a Boer fighting alongside the Welsh too among a splendid cast from the days when you could still fill a regiment with memorable British character actors.

    John Barry's epic score perfectly sums up the heroism and bloody turmoil without lapsing into jingoistic cliches, while Stephen Dade's superlative photography benefits from a good widescreen transfer (that said, the first appearance of the Zulus loses some of its impact even on a large widescreen TV). Definitely one to add to your collection, but you might want to go for the Paramount PAL DVD if you have a multi-region player instead. If you are stuck with Region 1, go for the MGM/UA disc....more info
  • Zulu
    the order arrived in excellent condition, it was a gift that was enjoyed very much...more info
  • Stephen Dade captures the luscious colorful landscapes and the sense of strange isolation...
    'Zulu' opens on January 22nd, 1879 with a pacifist missionary Otto Witt (Jack Hawkins), and his blonde daughter Margareta (Ulla Jacobsson) attending a Zulu mass marriage ceremony...

    The impressive dancing and chanting takes on a different tone when the preacher discovers that Zulu forces have massacred hundreds of British troops at Iswandhlwana and are determined to destroy Rorke's Drift, an army outpost, in addition to being Witt's mission station...

    The shaken reverend arrives and explains the situation to the British officers, advising an immediate evacuation... To his horror, the officers decide to withstand and defend their ammunition dump with 139 Welch infantrymen, a mixture of committed soldiers and complaining malingerers...

    The haughty arrogant Lt. Bromhead (Michael Caine) is in charge, but Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) of the Royal Engineers - on assignment to build a bridge - takes command actually by strict seniority...

    The situation becomes dramatic by the fact that Chard has had no combat experience and, on a distinguished level, he is obviously not from an aristocratic background... But urgency obliges the two officers to set up the defense of the station, deploy their men tactically, and prepare for the attack...

    Then thousands of Zulus, armed with short spears and captured rifles, arrive on the grassy hilltops... Their unseen advance is announced by a threatening chanting...

    And then they come into sight...

    Long lines of black figures descending the green slopes of the hills, promising with the terrible clash of their shields and spears that soon they are going launch a fearless attack...

    Their techniques of tribal warfare fashioned an efficient and terrifying fighting force... They begin to test the British firing power with the life of their warriors...

    The British rifles cut them down and they retreat... But they come again-and again and again-each time getting closer to the station, cutting down the distance...

    Every withdraw is followed by a deathly silence... It seems obviously that any of them will survive... In every disciplined attack they are less in number and ammunition...

    After a long night, and at the rise of the sun, the fearful noise suddenly alerts the redcoats to another charge...

    Most of the men in the infirmary were too sick or injured to help... Few are malingerers, like Private Hook (James Booth), who decides much later to take his bayonet and fights heroically in hand-to-hand combat with dozen of black warriors inside the burning building...

    Outside, the exhausted soldiers prepare for what must be the last charge, but instead they hear a massed yell from the Zulus--a salute of acknowledgment to the braves as they withdraw from the scene...

    The battle at Rorke's Drift was a decisive one in the British campaign to pacify South Africa for European settlers who came to force their culture upon the angry natives... As a page in British history it has the distinction of being the battle which produced the Victoria Crosses in few hours - to eleven defenders for their extreme courage - an all-time record for one military engagement...

    Stanley Baker is solid as the engineer who is forced to become a combat commanding officer; Michael Caine splendid (in his first major role) as the pompous aristocrat; James Booth good enough as the guy who can easily find a reason to check himself into the hospital; Patrick Magee excellent as the calm surgeon; and Nigel Green, a sergeant of the old order, sternly watchful and understanding of his men but compassionate, as in the last move when he lines the tired and dispirited survivors up for a head count... He looks at them and quietly advises: 'Keep your voices down!'

    The film is a superb account of that bloody engagement, and the fighting is shown in realistic detail... It salutes the heroism of the Zulus and the extreme courage of the redcoats...

    Cy Endfield's direction gives emphasis to the physical exhaustion of nonstop killing, and the effect it has on men, making some tremble with great fear... More significantly, he avoids any explanation about the racial nature of the conflict, keeping out politics and history...

    With John Barry's menacing musical score, "Zulu" was filmed in Natal, South Africa and Stephen Dade captured the luscious colorful landscapes and the sense of strange isolation... But the most arresting moment in the film is when Enfield's camera pans over a field carpeted with black corpses, gathered side by side or one on top of the other...

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  • epic adventure story ,and fine looking film
    stanley baker and michael caine star in this true story of the battle of rorke's drift,a battle that took place after the massacre of the british troops at isandhlwana in natel. the zulu's mass for the attack at the drift as officers baker and caine fight about how to get ready for the attack.the drama is a little cliche at times but with over half the film being the attack it does not drag the movie down. the battle it's self is one of the best action scenes ever put on film. not to be missed...more info
  • Zulu
    Everyone should have this movie in your collection! I'm not a big Michael Caine fan, but he was decent in this. Highly recommend!...more info
  • THE MOTHER OF ALL SIEGE FILMS IS STEEPED IN GRITTY ON-LOCATION REALISM
    IN A NUTSHELL: THE BEST SIEGE FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN!

    Its 1879, and British army is having a very rough time in Africa. Without excessive pretentiousness, this epic siege film brings the action to the viewer in a very visceral and memorable manner. I have probably enjoyed seeing Zulu at least thirty times since seeing it in the theatre in 1964.

    WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT: AGAINST ALL ODDS!

    In much the same fashion as at the Alamo, about a hundred British soldiers dug-in at Rorke's Drift in Natal, Africa to stand up against a superb Zulu force of about 4,000 warriors. The Zulu's had already destroyed a British force of over a 1,000 soldiers to the last man, and the much smaller Rorke's Drift outpost was next. Lt. John Chard, [Stanley Baker] a Royal Engineers officer who had been assigned to construct a bridge, assumes command of the Rorke's Drift outpost, and is determined to hold the British position there.

    Lt. Gonville Bromhead, [Michael Caine] is at odds with Chard's command decisions at first, believing that a retreat from their fixed, exposed position, followed by a series of mountain pass ambushes is the way to defeat the Zulu's. There is tension, and anxiety between the two officers, and indeed anxiety is the mood everywhere among the outnumbered British defenders. Everything we see and hear shouts: LOST CAUSE! Nevertheless, the British are staying and fighting.

    Reverend Otto Witt [Jack Hawkins] with his daughter Margareta Witt [Ulla Jacobsson] are first seen witnessing a Zulu mass marriage ceremony where they find out about the defeat of the large British column. They rush to Rorke's Drift to evacuate the sick and wounded, but manage only to make a drunken spectacle instead, which only increases the growing tension around the outpost. After the missionaries are physical expelled from Rorke's Drift by Chard, empty-handed, the siege and battle begins in earnest. The rest, is history: extraordinary, dramatized, and exceptionally well-played.

    Richard Burton does an excellent job narrating, and his Welch accent and origin appropriately matches the soldiers. At the end, Burton states that 11 of the 1344 Victoria Crosses awarded since its inception over 100 years earlier, were earned at Rorke's Drift.

    -----*- THE CAST --

    Stanley Baker - Lt. John Chard
    Jack Hawkins - Rev. Otto Witt
    Ulla Jacobsson - Margareta Witt
    James Booth - Pvt. Henry Hook
    Michael Caine - Lt. Gonville Bromhead
    Nigel Green - Color Sgt. Bourne
    Paul Daneman - Sgt. Maxfield
    Patrick Magee - Surgeon Reynolds

    -----*- THE CREW - -

    Cy Raker Endfield - Director / Producer / Screenwriter
    Stanley Baker - Producer
    John Prebble - Screenwriter
    Stephen Dade - Cinematographer
    John Barry - Composer (Music Score)



    ABOUT THE DVD: FRONT ROW ENTERTAINMENT - WIDESCREEN EDITION

    An outdoor epic like Zulu benefits from being Widescreen, which this DVD is. The transfer of sound and video are quite good, and an obvious improvement over the VHS. If you have a choice, be sure to select the Widescreen edition, as it highlights the huge outdoor, on-location scenery that in FULL-SCREEN seems reduced into the background, and with it some of the scale, and grandeur of the settings.

    BOTTOM LINE: TRUE CLASSIC - HISTORIC WAR EPIC

    This is a wonderfully paced historic account. Tension, anxiety and the unknown abounds throughout the film. Who, if anyone will survive?


    IF YOU ENJOYED "ZULU" ALSO CONSIDER VIEWING:

    The Charge of the Light Brigade, (1936, Michael Curtiz)
    The Charge of the Light Brigade, (1968, Tony Richardson)
    Khartoum, (1966, Basil Dearden)
    Gallipoli, (1981, Peter Weir)
    Amistad, (1997, Steven Spielberg)
    The Alamo, (1960, John Wayne)

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  • Still a Spectacular Film
    This movie was released in 1964 and the first time I ever saw it was last night. And I was stunned. This is without a doubt one of the most spectacular movies ever made. It's certainly now in my personal top ten.

    Zulu is set at Rorke's Drift just outside of Natal Province in South Africa in 1879. British forces had invaded Zulu territory and the previous day an entire column of roughly 1500 officers and men had been completely wiped out by several well disciplined Zulu ipmi's (roughly equivalent to an infantry division). The next day 100 British officers and men were besieged at Rorke's Drift by another Zulu impi numbering roughly 4500 men. Rorke's Drift was a hospital and church complex set in a valley just outside of Natal Province, and the British knew the Zulu were coming.

    The movie captures the battle at Rorke's Drift just incredibly. Although it focuses on the British side, the Zulu warriors are not portrayed patronizingly as ignorant savages as one might expect from an older film. They were portrayed as they actually were historically, as a great people, with a very dangerous and disciplined army. The defenders of Rorke's Drift fought heroically and an astonishing 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded among the survivors.

    This was well directed by Cy Endfield. The cinematography is stunning, great care was taken to make the Zulu chants, equipment and tactics as historically accurate as the British uniforms, equipment and tactics. The Zulu chants preliminary to yet another charge must have psychologically crippling to their enemies and it's unbelievable hearing them in this film. The British command was shared jointly by Lt. John Chard of the Royal Engineers, played admirably by Stanley Baker, and Lt. Gonville Bromhead of the 24th foot, in a role in which Michael Caine first became known to the world. Caine is phenomenal in this movie. The other great performance, was Nigel Green's portrayal of Colour Sgt. Frank Bourne. My only complaint with the movie is the part of Pvt. Henry Hook. played by John Booth, was just bizarre. It's almost like he was invented as an unnecessary afterthought to provide some kind of comic relief, but fortunately that doesn't detract from the film all that much.

    The movie is long, but it has to be. Most of the first part of the movie is the men of Rorke's Drift preparing for the onslaught they know is coming. Not since Seven Samurai have I seen a movie that does as good a job laying out the tactical situation for the battle to come. And when the British hear the Zulu forces long before they ever come into view, the tension that builds in this part of the movie is just exquisite. It's almost a relief when the battle finally starts.

    And yes, when the battle does start, you realize this is a film made in 1964. There's no exploding heads, severed limbs flying through the air, or great gouts of blood spurting all over. Maybe that's not as realistic as the battle really was, but you get the idea without having to watch all the gore. It's obvious that this was a gory battle, there's really no need to glorify that aspect of it. The desperation of the British defenders and the bravery of their Zulu attackers is accurately portrayed without the slaughterhouse effects so common today, thank you.

    And in the end, when the Zulu retreat, saluting the British as warrior equals, and the British bury the dead, comes the emotional release and human reactions from the two commanders. Really a poignant scene at the end when they discuss the hell they just went through.

    This movie will stay with me for a long time, it is truly a masterpiece....more info
  • "A fine war film..."
    Bursting with action, "Zulu" can easily be considered a fine war film. Personally, I feel it is one of the best of its kind.
    Set against beautiful Africa vistas, "Zulu" guides the audience through a small British garrison that's in the process of being beseiged by thousands of bloodthirsty Zulu warriors. However, the Brits don't budge an inch, for they are well-disciplined. The Zulus respond with constant attacks(in the form of wonderfully-filmed action sequences), hoping to break the spirit of their enemy. What follows is an exciting look into events with historical significance.
    This was, I believe, Michael Caine's first film, and he does well as Lieutenant Bromhead. Stanley Baker, who produced and acted, is equally good as his superior officer.
    The DVD version of this film does not represent "Zulu" with any bonus features, save the theatrical trailer. On the other hand, the picture is good and the sound is fine. Certainly better than the VHS version. ...more info
  • The "British Square" in Action
    One of the best action movies I've seen. Michael Caine's first role I believe and he is great as an engineer in the British army who is by default pressed into service to lead his men in defending a British outpost in Zulu country. The battle scene at the end of the movie should be the template for all battle scenes and Jack Hawkins boozy performance is top notch. Highly recommended....more info
  • Don't be fooled by the all the hype
    I can understand why this historic event involving less than 100 British soldiers holding off over 4,000 Zulu warriors is beloved by some. Who doesn't like routing for the underdog and coming out on top? However, this film does less for this `epic episode' in its two hours than the shining reviews found on this website. The opening scene is by far the most interesting as the Zulus prepare for a mass wedding. Dancing and singing cuts back and forth to a British father/daughter duo who are in South Africa to preach the word. They figure out that a Zulu army is headed for a British military post and they run off to warn them. From there the story unwinds painfully slow as the Red Coats demonstrate their pomp and lack of sincerity. The stilted dialogue and lousy fight scenes (when the Zulu's finally arrive) do prove entertaining, but not how they were intended to, I'm sure. I can appreciate what movies in the 1960s were trying to do with such moments in history but this film was a big disappointment....more info

 

 
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