Zulu Dawn

The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo.

With:
Burt Lancaster Peter O'Toole Simon Ward John Mills Nigel Davenport Denholm Elliott

The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo.

The film is, in fact, a sort of ‘prequel’ to the 1964 picture Zulu, which dealt with an heroic stand at Rorke’s Drift by a small band of British soldiers in 1879.

The action sequences are superbly handled, as are the scenes in which the men and material are assembled and manoeuvered. For sheer scope and numbers of people being manipulated for the cameras, Zulu Dawn is positively DeMillesque in scale.

Such banality as there is is, thankfully, confined to the expositional sequences which are quickly gotten out of the way to allow the army to get on the march.

Zulu Dawn

UK

Production: Lamitas/Samarkand. Director Douglas Hickox; Producer Nate Kohn; Screenplay Cy Enfield, Anthony Storey; Camera Ousama Rawi; Editor Malcolm Cook; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director John Rosewarne

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 117 MIN.

With: Burt Lancaster Peter O'Toole Simon Ward John Mills Nigel Davenport Denholm Elliott

More Film

  • BondIt Media Capital

    BondIt Media Capital Closes $20 Million Credit Facility (EXCLUSIVE)

    The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo. The film is, in fact, a sort of ‘prequel’ to the 1964 picture Zulu, which dealt with an heroic stand at Rorke’s Drift by a small […]

  • Brookings Institution presents "The Life She

    Brookings Institution Doc Puts a Human Face on the Medical Marijuana Movement

    The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo. The film is, in fact, a sort of ‘prequel’ to the 1964 picture Zulu, which dealt with an heroic stand at Rorke’s Drift by a small […]

  • Playback Podcast: Aaron Katz on 'Gemini'

    Playback: Aaron Katz on 'Gemini' and the Erosion of Mid-Budget Studio Filmmaking

    The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo. The film is, in fact, a sort of ‘prequel’ to the 1964 picture Zulu, which dealt with an heroic stand at Rorke’s Drift by a small […]

  • The Equalizer 2 trailer

    Denzel Washington Is Back in Action in 'Equalizer 2' Trailer

    The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo. The film is, in fact, a sort of ‘prequel’ to the 1964 picture Zulu, which dealt with an heroic stand at Rorke’s Drift by a small […]

  • Robert Redford

    Robert Redford's 'The Old Man and the Gun' Lands Awards-Season Opening

    The subject of Zulu Dawn is the Battle of Islandlhwana wherein some 1,500 redcoats were slaughtered by 16 times their number of Zulu warriors led by legendary chief Cetshwayo. The film is, in fact, a sort of ‘prequel’ to the 1964 picture Zulu, which dealt with an heroic stand at Rorke’s Drift by a small […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content