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Zulu Dawn (1979)

(PG) 98 mins

(PG) 98 mins

Plot Summary: A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox

Writers: Cy Endfield (original story and scenario, screenplay), Anthony Story (screenplay) (as Anthony Storey)

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (Don’t Bother)  This movie is like Black Hawk Down, but without the awesome cinematography or special effects.  The Battle of Isandlwana would probably serve as a great subject for a modern film, especially if the filmmaker were to explore the Zulu side of the conflict more.  While this movie clearly focused more on the British, and often portrayed the Zulus as bloodthirsty savages, I was relieved to see that it did include a couple of scenes illustrating their humanity.

 

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Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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