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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Stanley Baker
Michael Caine
Jack Hawkins
Directors
Cy Endfield
Screenwriters
John Prebble
Cy Endfield
Running Time
133 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: Zulu
Stiff upper lips face a serious test at Rorke's Drift


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Plot
On the January 22nd 1879 the British Army suffers one of it's worst defeats when Zulu forces massacre 1,500 of its troops. A short time after the main battle a Zulu force numbering in excess of 4000 warriors advances on a British supply dump guarded by 139 Welsh infantrymen. The film concentrates on this bloody 12 hour battle.


Verdict
As a spectacular war film with a powerful moral dimension, Zulu pre-dates Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan by more than three decades. Like the defence of Rorke's Drift itself, its legend grows with the passing of time.


Reviewed by Pat Reid

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