The Ultimate Attack

Posted on 15th May 2018  in List of historical films

The Ultimate Attack ( Zulu Dawn ) is a US – South African – Dutch war movie directed by Douglas Hickox in 1979 .

Synopsis

In 1879 , at Pietermaritzburg in Natal ( South Africa ), the British rulers considered the conquest of Zululand , which they thought could easily defeat militarily. But the British Armyis surprised by a powerful Zulu impi during the Battle of Isandhlwana .

Technical sheet

  • Original title: Zulu Dawn
  • Director: Douglas Hickox
  • Co-production: David Tomblin and Peter McDonald
  • Scenario: Cy Endfield and Anthony Storey , based on a story and screenplay by Cy Endfield
  • Music: Elmer Bernstein
  • Production year: 1979
  • Restoration: 2004
  • Production company: Samarkand
  • Producer: Nate Kohn
  • Distributor: Victory Films
  • Photography: Ousama Rawl
  • Camera operator: Ronnie Taylor
  • Format: Panavision
  • Film: colors
  • Duration: 113 minutes
  • Released United States : May 15, 1979
  • Output France : July 9, 1980 (15 May 1979 at the Cannes Film Festival )

Distribution

  • Burt Lancaster (VF: Claude Bertrand ) : Colonel Durnford
  • Peter O’Toole (VF: Pierre Hatet ) : General Chelmsford
  • Simon Ward (VF: Joel Martineau ) : Vereker
  • Denholm Elliott (VF: Michel Gudin ) : Colonel Pulleine
  • John Mills (VF: Philippe Dumat ) : The Governor of the Cape Colony , Sir Bartle Frere
  • Nigel Davenport (VF: Edmond Bernard ) : Colonel Hamilton-Brown
  • Michael Jayston (VF: Claude D’Yd ) : Colonel Crealock
  • Peter Vaughan (VF: Jean Violette ) : Quartermaster Bloomfield
  • James Faulkner (VF: Daniel Gall ) : Lieutenant Melvill
  • Christopher Cazenove (VF: Lambert Wilson ) : Lieutenant Coghill
  • Simon Sabela : Cetshwayo
  • Dai Bradley : The Williams soldier
  • Bob Hoskins (VF: Michel Barbey ) : Sergeant Williams
  • Anna Calder-Marshall (VF: Martine Messager) : Fanny Colenso
  • Freddie Jones (VF: Jean Berger ) : Bishop Colenso
  • Nicholas Clay (VF: José Luccioni ) : Lieutenant Raw
  • Ronald Lacey (VF: Philippe Mareuil ) : Journalist Norris Newman
  • Phil Daniels : Boy Pullen
  • Donald Pickering : Major Russell
  • Paul Copley : Corporal Storey
  • Ken Gampu : Mantshonga
  • Ronald Pickup (VF: Jacques Bernard ) : Lieutenant Harford
  • Don Leonard (FW: Henry Djanik ) : Fannin
  • Claire Marshall (VF: Anne Kerylen )me Witt
  • Jan Bruyns (VF: Jacques Degor ) : The elderly Boer

French adaptation

Despite the seriousness with which the film was made (uniforms, sets, tactics of the time, etc.), there is a recurring translation problem in the French version : the British non-commissioned officer in charge of supply is systematically called Quartermaster , which corresponds in France to a rank of the crew of the Navy . The English rank of quartermaster general is rather that of quartermaster or steward .

Anecdote

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift , which took place just after the Battle of Isandhlwana , had already been the subject of a film in 1964 called Zulu . It was directed by Cy Endfield , co-writer of The Ultimate Attack .

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