Zulu Dawn

Zulu Dawn

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Director: Douglas Hickox

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Simon Ward

     
 

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This film depicts the events prior to the devastating conflict that occurred in 1879 when British soldiers were held siege by thousands of Zulu warriors. Fifteen hundred soldiers were killed in the epic battle. This film portrays the tensions existing between the tribal factions and the British invaders.

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This film depicts the events prior to the devastating conflict that occurred in 1879 when British soldiers were held siege by thousands of Zulu warriors. Fifteen hundred soldiers were killed in the epic battle. This film portrays the tensions existing between the tribal factions and the British invaders.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This 1979 prequel to the classic adventure film Zulu (1964) covers similar ground, lacking the appeal of the earlier film only in that it doesn’t devote as much footage to character development. It deals with one of England’s most crippling defeats in Africa: the 1879 Battle of Isandhlwana, in which 1,500 British soldiers were wiped out by a Zulu force that outnumbered the Redcoats 16 to 1. The script by Cy Endfield (who wrote Zulu as well) lays out with commendable accuracy the failures in diplomacy that led up to this bloody encounter; it is shown time and again that the British command was obstinate and condescending in dealing with the Zulu nation. The film’s production values are beyond reproach: Beautiful location cinematography and elaborately mounted action sequences go a long way toward minimizing the relative dearth of characterization. The acting is first-rate too, with old pros Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, and John Mills heading a distinguished cast. Zulu Dawn lacks the spark that separates a truly classic movie from the merely entertaining ones, but we don’t mean to minimize its charms. Lovers of high adventure and rip-roaring action will be delighted to get this film, and its DVD release was long overdue.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
UPC:
0844628010184
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Tango Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Col. Anthony Durnford
Peter O'Toole Lord Chelmsford
Simon Ward William Vereker
John Mills Sir Henry Bartle Frere
Nigel Davenport Col. Hamilton-Brown
Denholm Elliott Lt. Col. Pulleine
Michael Jayston Col. Crealock
Ronald Lacey Norris Newman
Fred Jones Bishop Colenso
Christopher Cazenove Lt. Coghill
Ronald Pickup Lt. Har-ford
Donald Pickering Maj. Russell
Anna Calder-Marshall Fanny Colenso
James Faulkner Lt. Melvill
Peter Vaughan QSM Bloomfield
Graham Armitage Capt. Shepstone
Bob Hoskins Sgt. Maj. Williams
Dai Bradley Pvt. Williams
Paul Copley Cpl. Storey
Christopher Chittell Lt. Milne
Nicholas Clay Lt. Raw
Patrick Mynhardt Maj. Harness
Brian O'Shaughnessy Maj. Smith
Simon Sabela Cetshwayo
Midge Carter Lt. Cavaye
Phil Daniels Boy Soldier Pullen
Ken Gampu Mantshonga
Ray Davies Sgt. Murphy

Technical Credits
Douglas Hickox Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Cy Raker Endfield Screenwriter
James Faulkner Co-producer
Robin Gregory Sound Mixer
Nathaniel Kohn Producer
Dieter Nobbe Associate Producer
Ousama Rawi Cinematographer
Doug Robinson Stunts
John Rosewarne Production Designer
Barrie Saint Clair Executive Producer
Anthony Storey Screenwriter
Peter Williams Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zulu Dawn
1. Zulu Dawn [6:19]
2. Roll Call [7:08]
3. Gentlemen's Mess [3:28]
4. The Messenger [11:32]
5. State of War [5:07]
6. Rorke's Drift [9:17]
7. Zululand [5:25]
8. Marching On [7:25]
9. Isandhlwana [7:28]
10. Strategy [10:12]
11. Preparing to Strike [9:09]
12. Moment of Truth [8:26]
13. Reconnaissance [6:58]
14. Hard Battle [8:27]
15. Aftermath [2:57]
16. End Credits [2:57]

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Zulu Dawn 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is about the battle of Isandlhwana fought January 22, 1879 between British forces and the Zulu people of South Africa. This action preceded a defense by 148 British soldiers at Rorke's Drift which was depicted in the excellent movie Zulu with Michael Caine made in 1965. Made approximately 10 years later it is truer to the events with some minor historical liberties but it is I believe one of the best action/historical movies ever made. It's somewhat slow start takes off later and you get a very real sense of the battle, the mistakes made and the character of both sides. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ZULU DAWN was produced without the big studio budget of ZULU. However, this film does its best to show the political factions on both British and Zulu sides. Unlike some of the big Hollywood movies about famous (and obscure) battles, ZULU DAWN tries to present a more well-rounded aspect by giving the Zulus the respect they deserve. (The actor who plays Cateswayo, the Zulu chief, in ZULU DAWN also played a Zulu warrior in ZULU.) When first released on video in the mid-80s, the audio was quite poor. Hopefully, this has been resolved on the DVD. Well-acted, well-directed, and the battle scene is thrilling, history buffs and military buffs are bound to enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago