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Zulu (1964) [Blu-ray]

Stanley Baker , James Booth , Cy Endfield    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Zulu (1964), director Cy Endfield's magnificent epic about the Battle of Rorke's Drift, pits a tiny force of some 150 British colonials against the massive power of 4000 Zulu warriors, and comes up with a classic film about honor and valor in the face of outrageous odds. Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine (in the role that made him an international force to be reckoned with), Jack Hawkins, Nigel Green, and James Booth, the film is a unique combination of boy's own adventure and potent anti-war sentiment. Featuring a sterling score by the one and only John Barry.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real extravaganza! Feb. 24 2004
In January 1879, the British launched a war against the Zulu nation of South Africa, expecting that their well-trained and -equipped armies would have an easy time. An army of some 1,350 soldiers was engaged by the Zulu warriors at Isandlwana and almost completely annihilated. Following this victory, the Zulus moved back along the British path to a small supply station at Rorke's Drift, which contained a good deal of supplies and some 150 British soldiers. Over the day and night of Wednesday, 22 January 1879, and into the following morning, the Zulus launched attack after attack against the small garrison, but were unable to overcome its defenses and finally retired to Zulu land. The British public, hungry for heroes in the aftermath of Isandlwana, were overjoyed at this plucky action, and some eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to defenders of Rorke's Drift. This is their story.
OK, as always with Hollywood, you must accept that history will be changed to make it more "interesting," and this movie is no exception. However, that said, this is a great movie, with lots of great action and heroism. I liked that while the British were portrayed as heroic (with just enough human weakness thrown in) the Zulus were also portrayed as disciplined warriors, honorable and brave. The cast is wonderful, with Nigel Green doing an excellent job of portraying Colour Sgt. Bourne with a great mix of almost superhuman soldiering and vulnerable humanity. And, I must add, that the scenery was excellent, helping to make this movie a real extravaganza.
So, if you are looking for a clear-eyed and realistic recreation of the 1879 battle of Rorke's Drift, you will need to look elsewhere. But, if you are looking for a movie of Victorian-era colonial warfare, with action, heroism and lots of gunfire, then this is the movie for you. I love it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Valour Feb. 7 2012
By Argus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Director Cy Endfield and actor Stanley Baker created a box office winner with this stirring account of a small British garrison's defence of the Rorke's Drift mission station against an overwhelming force of Zulu warriors in colonial South Africa.

Misconceptions about such a very fine movie are easy in our era of political correctness. So be assured, a jingoistic, flag-waving paean to colonialism it most certainly is not. There is a strong anti-war message here. From the young private who asks, "why us," to the garrison commander asserting that he came to "build a bridge," the British soldiers are shown to be homesick outsiders in a strange country they find at once fascinating and perilous. For their part, the Zulus are splendid. Their chilling war chants and shield beating ("...it's that damn train again") are so effective that both Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott later borrowed the idea for their own work ("The Two Towers" and "Gladiator").

Above all this is a film about valour. The heroes are warriors who share a common bond forged in battle. At its climax the surviving defenders grapple desperately with the proud and mighty Zulu army as each side comes to respect the bravery and prowess of the other. Driven by John Barry's inspiring score, this is a magnificent and unforgettable cinematic experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film of the fight at Rorke's Drift May 29 2004
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The heroic stand by British soldiers at Rorke's Drift against 4,000 Zulu warriors is superb filmmaking, detailing the event in widescreen Technicolor that also underscores the tension at the post and the preparation of the defenders in the hours before the attack. Michael Caine debuts in this film and his Lt. Bromhead clashes immediately with Lt. Chard [Stanley Baker], an engineer whose task is to build a bridge across the drift who nevertheless is in command of the garrison by reason or seniority. The two men put aside their differences and concentrate on battle strategy and placement of men, vowing to stand fast and confront the enemy who wiped out a British force of 1,500 men only hours earlier. The battle scenes are gripping and realistic, replete with bloody, hand-to-hand fighting that shows fierce Zulu tribesmen thrusting spears at the red-coated British soldiers who in turn thrust back with their bayonets. There is also long-range rifle firing on each side, with the Zulus pinning down the soldiers with rifles taken from their victims after the earlier battle. The determined Zulus manage to overrun the post but take heavy casualties from the defenders' withering gunfire. In one scene, the resourceful British release penned-up cattle that they use to shield themselves from the Zulus, and the cattle's horns and hoofs slash and trample the warriors in one of the final assaults on the garrison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A five star if ever there was one May 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I've watched this film a couple of times and am always impressed. It is based on the factual story of the 1879 decimation of the 24th Foot Regiment of Welsh infantry at the battle of Rourke's Drift, a small station in Natal, Africa, during the Zulu war. More Victoria's Crosses (the British version of our Congressional Medal of Honor) were awarded as a result of that action than during any other battle.

Michael Caine made his debut in the film, and Stanley Baker also does a great job as the engineer in command of the operation. Caine portrayed a diffident young lieutenant of infantry, a product of generations of soldiers. Baker's part was that of a lieutenant of engineers, there to build a bridge, who was slightly (months) senior to Caine, and thus assumed command of the troop during the action.

After a great victory against a British army of over 1,300, the small supply station at Rourke's Drift is attacked by the Zulu nation, and successfuly defended by less than 100 men over a couple day period, after which the Zulus withdrew, having suffered terrible casualties.

One gets the impression that this is the British military as it might have been portrayed by Rudyard Kipling at his best. A thoroughly riveting movie. One of the best I've seen.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre

author of Handguns and Freedom...their care and maintenance
and other books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality. Love this classic.
Published 16 days ago by Spice Rack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product, delivered quickly and as promised.
Published 1 month ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don’t Know What To Give..
Look” what ever the Historical fact is, I don’t care, did i say I don’t care, oh yea I did, what I will
say, I really would like to live in peace for a change, could you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by trek fan
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Published 1 month ago by Edward Klassen
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent portrayal of the Zulu and the British soldier without ...
An excellent portrayal of the Zulu and the British soldier without any justification for them being there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wilf Blanche
4.0 out of 5 stars great old movie
This movie has a great story line and is based on real situations. Great for history buffs. in my collection.
Published 6 months ago by Gordon Rickards
3.0 out of 5 stars Boxed screen
The dvd movie specified a wide screen. I got a smaller box format, loosing about 1/3 of sceen. Otherwise the movie was good and I enjoyed story. I got the movie within two weeks.
Published 10 months ago by Dark Ink
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bug me about the silly shit.
I liked It ok? I bought it; I paid for it; I watched it and I liked it ok? I gave it five stars.
Published 11 months ago by Sam Teer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good movie..
Piece of history, excellent actors, very good weft (?). I don't get tired to watch movies like that once or twice.
Published 12 months ago by Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE STORY OF THE ZULUS
This is an action-packed and factual account of Stanley Baker and his men during a major battle with the Zulus. Amazing photos and an incredible story.
Published 18 months ago by Deborah Scelo
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