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Zulu Dawn (1979)

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Release Date: Dec 14, 1979 Wide

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This film depicts the events prior to the devastating conflict that occurred in 1879 when British soldiers were held siege by thousands of Zulu warriors. Fifteen hundred soldiers were killed in the epic battle. This film portrays the tensions existing between the tribal factions and the British invaders. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

Sep 27, 2005

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A simple two-act story: Prelude to war, and the war. The former is concerned with a lot of British derring-do and priggish behavior. The latter consists of battle scenes with a lot of kinetic energy but not as much emotional punch as they should have.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A rousing visual spectacle that's a prequel of the Cy Endfield directed Zulu (1964).

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Seen today, it's not only a startling indictment of British imperialism, but it seems a remarkably forward-thinking work.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Zulu Dawn

Zulu dawn is seen as a sort of sequel/prequel to the 60s Zulu starring Michael Caine. It is written and produced by many who worked on the original film including Cy Endfield, Zulu's director and noted African history expert. Where Zulu explored the idea of mutual respect after battle and the British holding their own, Zulu Dawn paints a very different picture. The Battle of Isandlwana was the primary battle in the Zulu wars that really showed the British arrogance and racism towards the Zulu people for what it was. The anti-war message is much louder and far clearer, so it's a shame then that this is always seen as an inferior sequel when it is so much more. Visually it is as good if not better thanks to more modern film making equipment and the star studded cast all do a great job in their respective roles. An overlooked classic.
March 5, 2014
SirPant

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Considering the epic magnitude of the screenplay and the diverse cast, this should have been much, much better. Directorialy flat and unimaginative.
July 17, 2012
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This film must be the most under-rated film of its time. It is a very accurate depiction of the battle of Isandhlwana and the massacre of the British Soldiers. The casting was brilliant, Burt Lancaster and Simon Ward were outstanding in the lead roles. The film following the lives of very different people through a very short timespan was very well done baring in mind the amount of people the film focused on, from a native south african messenger, to an arrogant British General. The film was fair to both armies that fought on that day and deserves to be recognised as a movie epic.
February 10, 2011
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