Zulu Dawn

In 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 ┬ámanner leads to one mistake after another.

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Peter MacDonald
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan, James Faulkner, Christopher Cazenove, Bob Hoskins, David Bradley, Paul Copley, Donald Pickering, Nicholas Clay
Countrys: Netherlands,USA

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Score Rating Count Release Date RunTime
6.6 5,516 1979-05-14 117

Crew Details

Job Title Member Name Job Title Member Name
DirectorDouglas HickoxScreenplayCy Endfield
ScreenplayAnthony StoryProducerJames Faulkner
ProducerNate KohnOriginal Music ComposerElmer Bernstein
Director of PhotographyOusama RawiEditorMalcolm Cooke
Second Unit DirectorPeter MacDonald

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