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Zulu Dawn1979

  • 4.0
Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, Simon Ward, Bob Hoskins and Sir John Mills lead an all-star cast in the shocking true story of The Battle of Isandlwana: In January 1879, arrogant officials of the British colony of Natal, Africa issued a list of unauthorized ultimatums to the Zulu Nation. When the Zulu King refused their demands, the Empire declared war. And in a series of grave tactical blunders, a garrison of 1,500 British soldiers faced an army of 25,000 enraged Zulu warriors in what would become the most horrifying disaster in British military history. Nigel Davenport, Denholm Elliott, Phil Daniels and 13,000 actual Zulus co- star in this acclaimed prequel to the classic ZULU.

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Member Reviews (10)

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The all star cast was large;y wasted in this pretty good film ! It had to have been a monumental shoot though!

An above average film on this era.

The unofficial companion piece to the earlier Zulu. Shows the British getting their asses soundly handed to them by some very angry Zulus in the opening battle of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Much more accurate than Zulu was, and includes some great performances. Much less an action movie than Zulu, Dawn attempts to make the characters a bit more real and less the military stereotypes of Zulu.

I have had an interest in this period in time since I was a young man in part thanks to this movie and the fuel it provided my young imagination. Its certainly a must for any historical movie buffs!.

Visually and historically this film is fabulous but, sound levels are depressingly low the dubbing is poorly done.


Watch "Zulu" instead, or read the book.

very good movie with some good stars

Nuke central Africa! From 20° N to 20° S.

Michael Caine is wonderful, as always.

totally cool one of the best battle sequences evah! great film