Zulu Dawn (1979)

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.

  • Douglas Hickox
  • Cy Endfield
  • Anthony Story
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  • Data lansarii: 1979-05-14
  • Vizualizari: 489
  • Tara: NL, US, ZA
  • Limba: isiZulu | English
  • Durata: 117

Bob Hoskins

C.S.M. Williams

Denholm Elliott

Colonel Pulleine

Freddie Jones

Bishop Colenso

Burt Lancaster

Col. Anthony Durnford

Peter O'Toole

Lord Chelmsford

Simon Ward

Lt. Vereker

John Mills

Sir Henry Bartle Frere

Peter Vaughan

QSM Bloomfield

Paul Copley

Cpl. Storey

James Faulkner

Lt. Melvill

Phil Daniels

Boy Pullen

Michael Jayston

Col. Crealock

Nigel Davenport

Col. Hamilton-Brown

Ronald Pickup

Lt. Harford

Ronald Lacey

Norris Newman

David Bradley

Pte Williams

Donald Pickering

Maj. Russell R.A.

Anna Calder-Marshall

Fanny Colenso

Patrick Mynhardt

Col. Harness

Don Leonard


Sydney Chama

S.M. Kambula

Ken Gampu


Chris Chittell

Lt. Milne
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