Posted by: dailymovierec | January 28, 2008

Zulu (1964)

I apologize for the lack of posts last week … starting a daily blog is hard! I assure you that I am back on track, and that you can not only expect daily movie recommendations, but also a new “features” page to be rolling out this week, that will feature new and interesting material!

Zulu is a movie that is near and dear to my heart because it is one of my dad’s favorites. It is also a fascinating and well done war film, regularly making best of lists, and it is also an interesting document of its time. The film depicts the battle of Rorke’s Drift, one of the great defenses in the history of warfare, in which 139 British soldiers held off an attacking force of 5,000 highly trained Zulu warriors. The film depicts the intensity and viciousness of the combat, although it does feel dated in its need to pigeonhole the personalities of the men (Private Hook in particular is unfairly maligned). All in all, a really great movie — plus, you get to see Michael Caine’s debut role in a major motion picture! This movie is also a longtime favorite of many directors, including Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson. In fact, the battle of Helm’s Deep in The Two Towers was staged in the same way as the battle in Zulu as an homage!

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  1. I’d never made the connection with Helms Deep before, but it makes total sense!

    Along with Kurosawa’s Kagemusha I’ve always liked how this film looked at one of the great moments where guns changed the face of warfare.

    So I just got back into blogging and discovered your page. I’ll try to avoid commenting too much in older posts but so far I’m really enjoying the read!


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