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7.72 h 18 min1964PG
This gripping epic tells of the 1879 siege of Rorke's Drift in Natal, Africa. 4,000 Zulu warriors have decimated a British garrison, now they're on their way to Rorke's Drift. An officer wants to stand his ground despite his skeleton garrison. His tactics are at odds with his lieutenant who wants to retreat.
Cyril Endfield
Stanley BakerJack HawkinsUlla Jacobsson
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James BoothMichael CaineNigel Green
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4.8 out of 5 stars

5380 global ratings

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SiriamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A much more important 60s British film than I ever realised!
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I have seen this film more that a few times across the years in the cinema and on TV but this 50th Anniversary release makes one realize with all its extras how much more important it was both then and since.

The box front cover only mentions Caine's name which is a real travesty! While he may have got his big break by late casting in an untypical upper class officer role, he does not feature in the Extras interviews for this release plus it is clear both in re-watching the film and the Extras included, this is Stanley Baker's magnum opus and personal great leap in film making from his then reputation of being a hard guy actor. Baker was the one who in addition to being the lead role in the film, identified the story and script writer; helped get the finance from an American producer who admired his work; and then not only starred brilliantly in the film but produced it. As the Extras interviews included cover this was not an easy task, especially given the difficult South African location and a domineering Afrikaner government involvement, shortly after the Sharpesville Shootings.

I also appreciated more than I ever did after seeing all the Extras interviews and how the film was made, what a brilliant job Baker with his friend US film director Cy Endfield, (who had directed him in "Hell Drivers"), did in bringing the story to life plus ensuring an Apartheid bias was avoided in the film.

Many of the other Amazon reviews comment on the acting in the film - especially for me Nigel Greene who was chosen as the RSM because he could act an older person though he was only 38 years at the time - plus the Blu Ray transfer quality, which are all spot on.

I now realize how important this film is to 60s British cinema history but also saddened that the early death of Stanley Baker in the '70s (his widow's interviews included are very insightful on the man as well as the film) robbed us too young of a real entrepreneur film maker and outstanding actor.
23 people found this helpful
VicuñaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing and timeless
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I remember this film premiering at the local Odeon in 1964 and as a teenager interested in pop music and exams, it didn’t appeal to me at all. For some reason, 56 years have passed and I still never watched it, although it’s been on tv numerous times. So I picked it up from Prime video and it’s an absolute classic. I really enjoyed it and it feels relevant and timeless.

I don’t know much about this conflict; I’d heard of Rourke’s drift and was aware of it being a small outpost. The film sets events in historical context as the action follows an earlier massacre where British troops were attacked and overwhelmed by Zulus. And rightly so as the British were imposing their imperialism on the indigenous population. In this film, the reality of a small number of troops trying to hold off literally thousands of Zulus is really well depicted. The tensions within the unit are clear and the whole action seems pointlesss, but there are acts of remarkable bravery.

There are so many familiar faces in the cast, most, sadly, no longer with us. Caine is ‘introduced’ and it’s probably one of his best performances ever, remarkable given this was his first major role. He has an army officer off to a t and gradually draws the viewers emotion. I disliked his arrogance at the beginning, but my opinion changed as the film progressed. Excellent all round and I’ll watch it again.
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Buck from DownundaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
other than excellent, about this epic re-creation of the historic battle ...
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What more can one say, other than excellent, about this epic re-creation of the historic battle at Rorke's Drift on the 22nd January in 1879 between totally outnumbered 150 British Soldiers and an insurmountable 4,000 Zulu Warriors.
The sound quality is excellent and the picture quality reproduced from, I believe, the original 70mm print is crystal clear.
Michael Caine is "introduced" in his first starring role in this movie having played minor uncredited roles in previous movies. Also starring is Stanley Baker who also co-produced the movie.
A little insight to this historic battle.
According to the historians most of this battle was done at night. However only one short scene in the movie was shot at night.
Of the total of 1365 Victoria Crosses that have been handed out over time, 11 of these were awarded in the battle of Rorke's Drift.
32 people found this helpful
SaraghReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stop throwing those bloody HAD spears at me!!!
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Bloody fantastic looking transfer of a classic film. Puts all prior commercially available transfers to shame.. The reds are searing and the skies are so gloriously blue I swear I caught a tan just watching this movie.

An epic film of the old skool variety and anyone that knows and likes it owes to themselves to pick this up.
25 people found this helpful
LeopardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
They don't make them like this any more, sadly
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Had never actually seen this before, though had heard of it (who hasn't?) now finally recognise the music Top Gear used in Africa as well.

Nicely told story, with non of the guff modern films that tell stories seem to need, no forced 'romantic sub plot' for example.

Also you are pretty much right into it, the characters are introduced briefly and when you meet them naturally, not as a forced setting near the beginning, there is enough of an intro to set the scene but then you are right there at Rorke's Drift, and you stay there for the rest of the film covering that day, night and the following morning.

Just couldn't see something like this being made today, well worth the price and even more worth spending the time to watch
23 people found this helpful
R. A. PearsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best reproduction yet
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Just received this ex Amazon USA[same version] .It is by far the best of the multiple versions I have bought over the years. I played this in my Panasonic 4K bluray player and the picture definition was amazing for a 50 year old film. Sound seems slightly better than previously but not obviously up to DTS or full surround sound unfortunately which would have been the icing on the cake . Just sit back and enjoy a great old fashioned boys own true story with great acting by Stanley Baker and introducing Michael Caine . My wife has often struggled to see the benefit of bluray or 4K on old films has acknowledged this one really stands out as a success. Ron
14 people found this helpful
Silver SlothReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the all time great films
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There's not much to say about Zulu that hasn't been said a million times before but, so many years on, it's still very watchable. Firstly it's a great adventure film. The brave few holding out against the mighty Zulu army. And there's the very young Michael Cain making his first major appearance. But the best bit for me

Colour Sgt. Bourne: Sir, sentries report the Zulus have gone. All of them! It's a miracle.
Lt. Chard: If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer-Henry point-four-five caliber miracle.
Sgt. Bourne: And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind it.

That says it all
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Briony HolyoakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Delivered! Zulu DVD....
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50th Anniversary edition of the film Zulu. Sir Michael Caine, “introducing”. This film, a great favourite of many.
Cinematography amazing. Indigenous dancing, sounds, chants.
Characters depicted brilliantly by the actors.
Michael Caine an “unknown” when the film was made, and probably the only actor’s name recognisable by the generations since then, today in 2020.
Historical and important to know about and understand cultures, and the British motives.
A discussion and debate subject in schools and universities.
Lessons from history, relevant in 2020.
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