gideon43's Movie Review of Zulu (1964)

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Zulu (1964)

A prayer's as good as a bayonet on a day like this
gideon43 - wrote on 05/30/10

An incredible recreation of an incredible battle, Zulu's main attribute is the fact that most of the story is completely true.
Rorkes Drift was a small British mission post which was held by less than 150 soldiers against overwhelming numbers of Zulus in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
It also holds the record for the largest number of Victoria Crosses ever given to a regiment for a single action.
Taken in context, Zulu could be construed as highly politically incorrect, its leanings towards the British Empire and the madness of Colonialism are not in doubt but what makes this film so rich and powerful are its almost constant battle scenes and the stylish and classic study of heroism and fortitude.
Michael Caine and (the vastly underrated) Stanley Baker are splendidly British and the supporting cast of familiar faces compliment each other to perfection.
A bona fide legend that continues to stand toe to toe with the very best war movies of all time.

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