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Zulu Dawn
TitleZulu Dawn
Time113 mins
GenreDrama; Adventure; War; Action; History
DirectorDouglas Hickox
ActorDavid Bradley as Pte. Williams; Bob Hoskins as C.S.M. Williams; James Faulkner as Lt. Melvill; Denholm Elliott as Colonel Pulleine; Peter Vaughan as Q.S.M. Bloomfield; Burt Lancaster as Col. Durnford; Christopher Cazenove as Lt. Coghill; Paul Copley as Cpl. Storey; Phil Daniels as Boy Pullen; Peter Elliott as Sentry; Simon Ward as Lt. William Vereker; Nicholas Clay as Lt. Raw; Brian O'Shaughnessy as Maj. Smith R.A.; Ian Yule as Cpl. Fields; Donald Pickering as Maj. Russell R.A.
CinematographyOusama Rawi
PlotIn 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.
ProducerNate Kohn; James Faulkner
WriterCy Endfield; Anthony Story
Zulu Dawn