Zulu Dawn PG

The sun dawned bloodied... two great armies met face to face... and the earth trembled to the sound of the Zulu death chant!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 11, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1979
  • Label: Severin
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenplay by
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Cinematography by
Art Direction by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Let us hope, gentlemen, that this will be in the Final Solution (sic) to the Zulu problem."
  - Sir Henry Bartle Frere (JOHN MILLS)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 4,463
...[A] sweeping battle film...
New York Times
Jul 11, 1982
Rating: 3.5/5 -- A simple two-act story: Prelude to war, and the war. The former is concerned with a lot of British derring-do and priggish behavior. The latter consists of battle scenes with a lot of kinetic energy but not as much emotional punch as they should have. Full Review
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Feb 28, 2011
...The action sequences are superbly handled....[The] technical credits are faultless....Bernstein's music is also evocative...
May 23, 1979
Rating: B+ -- A rousing visual spectacle that's a prequel of the Cy Endfield directed Zulu (1964). Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 16, 2010
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Seen today, it's not only a startling indictment of British imperialism, but it seems a remarkably forward-thinking work. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mar 7, 2007

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

Dramatic and true story recounting the breathtaking defeat of British forces at the hands of a 25,000 strong and relentlessly determined Zulu Army.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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  • Sales Rank: 8,113
  • UPC: 663390000052
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