Zulu (movie)

Posted on 15th May 2018  in List of historical films

Zulu ( Zulu ) is aBritish war movie directed by Cyril R. Endfield and released in 1964. It traces an episode of the Anglo-Zulu War (1879).

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Isandhlwana ( Natal ) defeat , a hundred Red Tunics defend Rorke’s Drift , a missionary farm for Reverend Jack Witt, against 4,000 Zulu warriors . In spite of numerous coordinated attacks of the natives, the British soldiers repel the assaults. While they believe the lost battle, they receive a tribute from their enemies hailing their courage and tenacity.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: Zulu
  • French title: Zoulou
  • Director: Cyril R. Endfield
  • Scenario: Cyril R. Endfield and John Prebble from his series of articles
  • Photography: Stephen Dade
  • Editing: John Jympson
  • Music: John Barry
  • Production: Stanley Baker-Diamond and Cyril R. Endfield
  • Production Company: Diamond Films
  • Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English, Zulu
  • Budget: US $ 3,500,000 1
  • Format: Color (Technicolor) – 35 mm – 2,35: 1 – 4-track stereo sound
    • 70mm Copies – 2.20: 1 (Super Technirama 70) – 6-track stereo sound
  • Genre: War Movie
  • Duration: 138 min.
  • Release dates: United Kingdom : 22nd January 1964; France : October 7, 1964

Distribution

Michael Caine
  • Stanley Baker (VF: André Valmy ) : Lieutenant John Chard
  • Michael Caine (VF: Philippe Mareuil ) : Lieutenant Gonville Broomhead
  • Jack Hawkins (VF: Jean-Henri Chambois ) : Reverend Otto Witt
  • Ulla Jacobsson (VF: Raymonde Reynard ) : Margaretta Witt
  • James Booth (VF: Jacques Dynam ) : Sergeant Henry “Hookie” Hook
  • Nigel Green (VF: Claude Bertrand ) : Sergeant Bourne
  • Gert Van Den Bergh (VF: Louis Arbessier ) : Adendorff
  • Dennis Folbigge (VF: René Bériard ) : Stewardship Captain James Langley Dalton
  • Paul Daneman (VF: Henry Djanik ) : Sergeant Maxfield
  • Patrick Magee (VF: Maurice Dorléac ) : Surgeon Major James Henry Reynolds
  • Joe Powell (VF: Michel Gatineau ) : Sergeant Windridge
  • Dickie Owen (VF: Georges Hubert ) : Corporal Frederick “Dutchy” Schiess
  • Ivor Emmanuel (VF: Raymond Loyer ) : the soldier of E Owen class
  • Neil McCarthy (VF: Jean Clarieux ) : the soldier of E Class John Thomas
  • Larry Taylor (VF: Fernand Rauzena ) : Hughes
  • Chief Buthelezi : Catewayo
  • Richard Burton (VF: André Falcon ) : narrator

Around the film

The site of the amphitheater of Drakensberg , at the foot of which were shot the external scenes of the film
  • The film was not shot on the scene of the battle, but farther west, in the more spectacular site of the Drakensberg Amphitheater .
  • In 1979, Cyril R. Endfield devoted another film to the events that took place during the Battle of Isandhlwana (the day before the events of Rorke’s Drift): The Ultimate AttackZulu Dawn ) with Burt Lancaster and Peter O ‘ Toole .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ (in) Howard Thompson, ” Stanley Baker, Peripatetic Actor-Producer Genesis Provincial Debut ” New York Times , st September 1963.

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