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Zulu Dawn

Zulu Dawn

The sun dawned bloodied...two great armies met face to face...and the earth trembled to the sound of the Zulu death chant!May. 14, 1979Netherlands, USA117 Min.PG
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In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Cy Endfield co-wrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of Isandhlwana, which remains the worst defeat of the British army by natives, with the British contingent outnumbered 16-to-1 by the Zulu tribesmen. The film’s opinion of events is made immediately clear in its title sequence: ebullient African village life presided over by King Cetshwayo is contrasted with aristocratic artifice under the arrogant eye of General Lord Chelmsford (Peter O’Toole). Chelmsford is at the heart of all that goes wrong, initiating the catastrophic battle with an ultimatum made seemingly for the sake of giving his troops something to do. His detached  manner leads to one mistake after another.

Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
Original title Zulu Dawn
IMDb Rating 6.6 5,570 votes
TMDb Rating 5.948 votes

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Burt Lancaster isCol. Anthony Durnford
Col. Anthony Durnford
Denholm Elliott isColonel Pulleine
Colonel Pulleine
Bob Hoskins isC.S.M. Williams
C.S.M. Williams
Peter O'Toole isLord Chelmsford
Lord Chelmsford
John Mills isSir Henry Bartle Frere
Sir Henry Bartle Frere
Nigel Davenport isCol. Hamilton-Brown
Col. Hamilton-Brown
Simon Ward isLt. Vereker
Lt. Vereker
Phil Daniels isBoy Pullen
Boy Pullen
Peter Vaughan isQSM Bloomfield
QSM Bloomfield
Ronald Lacey isNorris Newman
Norris Newman

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