#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke’s Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history.
Plot: In 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War, man-of-the-people Lt. Chard and snooty Lt. Bromhead are in charge of defending the isolated and vastly outnumbered Natal outpost of Rorke’s Drift from tribal hordes.
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Men of Harlech onto glory.
“In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of a British soldier in the face of the enemy, only 1,344 have been awarded, 11 of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke’s Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879”
Just typing out that spoken narration from Richard Burton brings me out into goose pimples, and the hairs on the back of my neck stand to attention, Zulu quite simply is my favourite film of all time, and my love for cinema to this day owes its credit to this 1964 masterpiece.
Zulu is a perfectly staged, perfectly acted account of the British defence of Rorke’s Drift, where 139 British soldiers held off 4000 Zulu Warriors at the height of the Anglo-Zulu War. Its strength is not in romanticism or over sentimentality in the name of glossy hard sell, the crux lies with just being a tale of pure courage, a tale of pure stoic heroism, it sticks vigorously to the actual events, and thus the film plays out with genuine honesty that few other War pictures can ever lay claim to.
Where does one start when outlaying the brilliance this picture has to offer? The Natal location is stunning, beautiful lush rolling hills dwarf this tiny outpost, the sky a never ending eye witness to the courage unfolding, Stephen Dade’s photography perfectly capturing this colourful extravaganza. The direction from the criminally undervalued Cy Enfield is excellent, along with his star and producer (Stanley Baker in a role of a lifetime) he manages to direct some of the most amazing battle sequences put onto the screen, the discipline of man to man combat perfectly orchestrated by Enfield. The Zulu extras, who once had no idea what they was supposed to do at first, finally grasped the concept of movie making and added weight to the drama. It’s now down in legend that Baker showed the chiefs a Gene Autry Western and that got them into the swing of things!
The acting right through the cast is astonishing, Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, James Booth, Nigel Green, Ivor Emmanuel and Patrick Magee are just some of the cast that shine bright and bold. John Barry’s score is blood pumping to the maximum, swirling strings collide with thumping base drums to give one the feeling of invincibility. Ernest Archer’s art decoration, Arthur Newman’s costumes and of course the John Prebble screenplay that is Zulu’s heart. I could go on and name everyone involved in this picture, such is the admiration I have for the work involved. But really the story sells itself, not a glossy British victory in sight (the British defenders were allowed to withdraw from the engagement gracefully), this is not just another British fable of imperialistic fervour, it’s just a tale of bayonets with guts behind them, and ultimately a story of when men really were men, all in the line of duty.
Men of Harlech onto glory…10/10 and then some.
Best film ever…
simply my favourite film. A true story well told.
I wanted to clarify some points from recent reviwers which I hope help exlain some questions. Mainly from Geofbob.
The two Lts. Chard and Bromhead – were new to battle. The reason Chard performed so well may be largely due to the fact that he was an engineer who knew about building defences. The mealie bag wall they build in the film was vital in order to slow up the thousands of zulus.
The victory was not a sure thing because they had guns. The zulus had hundreds of guns capture that morning from the other 1700 British troops that had been killed by the zulus armed with spears.
As to where the Hawkins character went to ? In reality he legged it away from his mission before the battle – later submitting a bill for damages to the British government.
No explanation into the reasons for the battle. No bad thing as the true story of men against men is a worthy tail on its own and any explanation would be open to interpretation – read the history yourself!
One last point everyone enjoys the Men of Harlech scene. Whilst this is poetic license – a very similar incident happened in the Afghan war at the same time. A Btirish regiment cut off and fighting to the end, sang God Save The Queen just before the final Afghan attack – they survived – remember these were very different men from today, no political correctness here and possibly a lot more courage. 10/10
Oh, and by the way Colour Sgt Bourne – very much existed in real life. He was awared the DCM and lived until 1945, the last survivor of Rorkes Drift.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, History, War
Director Cy Endfield
Writer John Prebble (original screenplay), Cy Endfield (original screenplay), John Prebble (suggested by an article written by)
Actors Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth
Production Company Embassy Pictures
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1 (35 mm prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Eastman Color Negative Film, 50T, Type 5251, 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process Super Technirama 70
Printed Film Format 16 mm, 35 mm, 70 mm