Zulu Dawn

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Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn

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.

Titolo Originale: Zulu Dawn
Attori principali: Burt LancasterDenholm ElliottBob HoskinsPeter O'TooleJohn MillsNigel Davenport, Simon Ward, Phil Daniels, Peter Vaughan, Ronald Lacey, Ronald Pickup, Michael Jayston, David Bradley, Christopher Cazenove, James Faulkner, Paul Copley, Ian Yule, Nicholas Clay, Donald Pickering, Chris Chittell, Freddie Jones, Anna Calder-Marshall, Kenneth Baker, Claire Marshall, Vivienne Drummond, Patrick Mynhardt, Don Leonard, Len Sparrowhawk, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Peter J. Elliott, Jan Bruyns, Sydney Chama, Simon Sabela, Ken Gampu, Gilbert Tjabane, Abe Temba, Muntu Ndebele, Paul Mafela
Regia: Douglas Hickox
Sceneggiatura/Autore: Cy Endfield, Anthony Story
Colonna sonora: Elmer Bernstein
Fotografia: Ousama Rawi
Costumi: John Buckley
Produttore: James Faulkner, Nate Kohn, Barrie Saint Clair
Produzione: Olanda, Usa, Sud Africa
Genere: Azione, Drammatico, Guerra, Storia
Durata: 117 minuti

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