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288 Ratings


Directed by Cy Endfield
United Kingdom, 1964
Drama, War, History


Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke’s Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard.

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Zulu Directed by Cy Endfield

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1965 | Nominee: Best British Art Direction (Colour)

As recounted by the Village Voice columnist Arthur Bell, Mr. Scorsese (ubiquitous this week) recalled seeing “Zulu” at the RKO Palace in Manhattan with an enthusiastic, mainly black audience. "If there’s a word to describe the movie, it’s ‘relentless,’ " he declared. The same could be said of John Barry’s effectively implacable African-inspired score, which continues to build in tension even during the choreographed spear-to-bayonet combat.
February 28, 2014
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Endfield utilizes all of his technical facility in filling the 70mm frames, using dollies down the lines of interchangeable soldiers. The script aims to collapse class difference in the arc of the relationship between Stanley Baker and posh English lieutenant Michael Caine, who was here cast in his first major role. Baker recommended him to Endfield after seeing him in the play Next Time I’ll Sing to You, then all the rage on the West End.
February 18, 2014
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[Zulu] now strikes me as one of the very greatest of all war films (a genre that I’m not generally partial to), even when it presents combat as potentially noble, succeeding equally in intimate details and in spectacular overviews…
February 06, 2014
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