Essentially, this is a WAR film - albeit covering a different kind of war to that to which we have grown accustomed. Allowing for one or two literary liberties, it is the historically factual story of the Anglo-Zulu battle of Rourke's Drift, at which no less than 11 Victoria Crosses were won for bravery.
Made as far back as 1964; photographed on 70mm film, and originally shown on the giant Cinerama screen: this ambitious Stanley Baker-Cy Enfield co-production, dircted by Enfield, is today of vital importance to movie historians. Firstly, it is correctly hailed as Sir Michael Caine's first really important movie. Here, he plays the part of Lt Gonville Bromhead. Despite the very potato-in-mouth accent that the role requires: you don't have to be an expert linguist to spot the occasional cockney strains that still come through!
Secondly, it shows producer/star - that wonderful Welsh actor Sir Stanley Baker, as he was at the peak of his career; though in real life he was apparently very much shorter than the very kind camera angles make him appear. His performance as the well-known Lt John Chard is perfectly cast.
One of South Africa's best-ever actors, the late Gert van den Bergh, also features here as Lt Arendorff - a Boer officer attached to a Natal regiment.
Not forgetting that this was the last movie in which the late Jack Hawkins - one of the stalwarts of the Britrish cinema - was ever to speak with his own voice! Following an operation for cancer of the throat, all of his subsequent films had to have his dialogue dubbed.
The supporting actors are almost uniformly good...though if I had to pick only one, it would probably be James Booth, as "Hooksie". If anybody deserved a VC on the day, it was Private Henry Hook: branded as "a thief, a coward, and an insubordinate barrack-room lawyer."
John Barry's Oscar-nominated outdoor musical score would not have been out of place in a Western spectacular.
So even if you've seen it before on the big screen and if you own a good home sound system, it's more than well worth another viewing. It's still a GREAT picture!
is one of the great movies, an epic adventure of courage in the face of incredible odds. Based on a true story it tells the amazing tale of 100 British soldiers who stood fast against an overwhelming force of 4,000 of the Zulu nations mightiest warriors in the defence of Rourkes Drift in 1879.
Superbly photographed in Technorama, few other movies have grippingly captured the tension and terror of combat as wave upon wave of warriors is unleashed on the tiny garrison. Set amongst stunning South African scenery, Zulu is a landmark action film and a fitting tribute to some of the most magnificent acts of heroism in the history of warfare.
Michael Caine's role as the arrogant but courageous Lt. Bromhead brought him international fame, and there are powerful performances from other great British actors including Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins.
Paramount Home Entertainment
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• Stanley Baker
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||2 hours, 13 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Widescreen 2.35:1
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Wed, 23 May 2018 | Review by: Alan T
Masterpiece movie one of the all time greats.
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