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Zulu Dawn

  • Directed By: Douglas Hickox

Synopsis: 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  manner leads to one mistake after another.

Cast
Denholm Elliott

Colonel Pulleine

Bob Hoskins

C.S.M. Williams

Peter O'Toole

Lord Chelmsford

John Mills

Sir Henry Bartle Frere

Nigel Davenport

Col. Hamilton-Brown

Simon Ward

Lt. Vereker

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Writers: Cy Endfield, Anthony Story
Meta Score: Coming Soon
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Release Date: May 14th, 1979
Box Office: Not Available
Budget: Not Available
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