Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flick Pick: Zulu Dawn

Zulu Dawn
(American Cinema,1979)

A high-budget commercial flop war movie about the opening and miscalculation that led to the greatest defeat of a modern army unit by native forces, at Isandlwana in 1879. With minor stars like Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Denholm Elliot, Simon Ward and Bob Hoskins, it didn't take well despite taking fairly good care to provide an honest accounting of what happened, how, and why, without taking egregious cinematic liberties. It's still well worth watching, and provides a nice bookend to a far better film - tomorrow.

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