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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- 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:
|Starring||Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Simon Ward & Bob Hoskins|
|Performer:||John Mills, Denholm Elliott, Anna Calder, Nigel Davenport & Christopher Cazenove|
|Directed by||Douglas Hickox|
|Edited by||Malcolm Cooke|
|Screenplay by||Cy Endfield|
|Composition by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Cinematography by||Ousama Rawi|
|Art Direction by||John Rosewarne|
|Produced by||Nate Kohn|
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)
...[A] sweeping battle film...
New York Times
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
...The action sequences are superbly handled....[The] technical credits are faultless....Bernstein's music is also evocative...
Rating: B+ -- A rousing visual spectacle that's a prequel of the Cy Endfield directed Zulu (1964). Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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)
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.
- 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.