"Let us hope, gentlemen, that this will be in the Final Solution (sic) to the Zulu problem."
- Sir Henry Bartle Frere (JOHN MILLS)
Variety - 05/23/1979
"...The action sequences are superbly handled....[The] technical credits are faultless....Bernstein's music is also evocative..."
New York Times - 07/11/1982
"...[A] sweeping battle film..."
ZULU DAWN depicts the bloody Battle of Isandhlwana, in which 30,000 Zulu warriors wiped out nearly 1,500 British troops stationed in Natal. The film focuses most sharply on the preparations for battle and the political situation in the region at that time. Taking Zulu chief Cetshwayo's defiant stance on tribal customs as a declaration of war, General Lord Chelmsford sends in hundreds of British troops in order to squash the spear-carrying Africans with superior fire power. The sheer number of Zulus, however, overwhelms the British infantry.
Dramatic and true story recounting the breathtaking defeat of British forces at the hands of a 25,000 strong and relentlessly determined Zulu Army.
Period Piece |
Race Relations |
Theatrical Release |
True Story |
A Lamitas Presentation of a Samarkand Production.
Shot in Panavision. Color by Technicolor.
The film was released theatrically in USA at 98 minutes. It opened in New York City in July, 1982.