History Film / Zulu

2nd Feb '17 2:27:11 AM Boggs
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bromhead spends the first hour or so of the film being a snobby, entitled prick to Chard, giving him backhanded advice and willfully acting as unhelpful as possible. When the shared reality of their situation finally slaps him in the face, he proves himself a courageous, capable officer who comes to acknowledge Chard's abilities, and by the end of the film, the two of them are BashBrothers.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bromhead spends the first hour or so of the film being a snobby, entitled prick to Chard, giving him backhanded advice and willfully acting as unhelpful as possible. When the shared reality of their situation finally slaps him in the face, he proves himself a courageous, capable officer who comes to acknowledge Chard's abilities, and by the end of the film, the two of them are have become BashBrothers.
2nd Feb '17 2:22:37 AM Boggs
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* BashBrothers: Chard and Bromhead begin the film unable to stand each other, but by the end of it, they have proven themselves quite a formidable duo, and form a mutual respect.
2nd Feb '17 2:20:02 AM Boggs
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bromhead spends the first hour or so of the film being a snobby, entitled prick to Chard, giving him backhanded advice and willfully acting as unhelpful as possible. When the shared reality of their situation finally slaps him in the face, he proves himself a courageous, capable officer who comes to acknowledge Chard's abilities, and by the end of the film, the two of them are BashBrothers.
26th Jan '17 4:34:17 AM MormonPazazu
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* SoldierVsWarrior: The British are shown firing controlled volleys where the Zulus advance in an individualistic way. A bit of a subversion though as a Boer tells the British in no uncertain terms that the Zulus are not a mere warband, but are themselves a regimented and disciplined force who fight with a well developed and effective tactical doctrine.

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* SoldierVsWarrior: The British are shown firing controlled volleys where the Zulus advance in an individualistic way. A bit of a subversion though as a Boer tells the British in no uncertain terms that the Zulus are not a mere warband, but are themselves a regimented and disciplined force who fight with a well developed and effective tactical doctrine. Also why the Zulus are show being less organized in marching ranks, in battle they are more than capable of coordinated attack as shown when a British soldier in melee with a zulu is killed in a backstab from behind by his nearby friend.
24th Jan '17 5:08:00 AM CumbersomeTercel
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Followed fifteen years later by a prequel, ''Zulu Dawn'', about the disastrous Battle of Isandlwana that took place earlier the same day. It starred Burt Lancaster and Peter O'Toole.

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Followed fifteen years later by a prequel, ''Zulu Dawn'', about the disastrous Battle of Isandlwana that took place earlier the same day. It starred Burt Lancaster Creator/BurtLancaster and Peter O'Toole.
Creator/PeterOToole.
23rd Jan '17 4:18:27 PM TheD3rp
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* AnachronismStew: Due to either a lack of Martini-Henry rifles or .455 blanks, a decent chunk of the weapons wielded by British forces in the film are actually anachronistic Lee-Enfield Mark Is with the telltale magazine removed.
** The British officers also use Webley Mk. VI revolvers, not introduced until 1915. This is due to a lack of functional Beaumont-Adams revolvers used in the actual battle.



** The black levies who are encouraged to leave by Otto Wit and the cavalry that come by to alert the soldiers of the coming Zulu army were in real life the same group: a company of Native (aka African)cavalry who arrived to help with the defense of Rorke's Drift, only to leave after the initial assault by the Zulus, much to the displeasure of the soldiers defending it (who fired upon them, killing one of the commanders, another one was later prosecuted for desertion).



** Their real life counterparts were even fired upon by the British soldiers as they left!

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** Their real life counterparts were even fired upon by It should be noted that historically the British soldiers cavalry actually fought in the opening stages of the battle before being forced to withdraw due to a lack of ammunition for their carbines.
** The cavalry unit was also mostly made up of black riders rather than white farmers
as they left!depicted in the film.



* RareGuns: Only a handful of the period-appropriate Martini-Henry rifles were available for the film. After two world wars and a lot of surplus floating about on the market after an upgrade in the British and South African forces, however, there were a ''lot'' of Mk IV Lee-Enfields available. If you look carefully, it is obvious the bulk of the British defenders are armed with an anachronistic weapon that only began in service forty or so years after Rorke's Drift. The actors had to pretend they were single-shot weapons and not magazine-fed repeaters.
27th Nov '16 4:20:21 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ScaryBlackMan: Zulus. ''Very'' much justified by RealLife.

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* ScaryBlackMan: The Zulus. ''Very'' much justified by RealLife.
9th Nov '16 2:59:28 PM AgProv
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* RealityEnsues: The Zulus are pragmatic enough to take rifles and ammunition off of the British dead at Isandlwana, and take them to Rorke's Drift. What started out as a battle of guns against spears turns into a fight of guns against ''other guns''. After the initial surprise (because the defenders weren't expecting the Zulus to have looted rifles), reality sets in and it isn't as decisive: just because the Zulus know how to fire and reload rifles doesn't ''instantly'' make them expert marksmen, that takes prolonged training. One of the British officers notes that the Zulus thankfully aren't great shots (they've never had any experience firing rifles before). They also realize that the Zulu commander isn't going to have his few men with rifles fire at the ''same time'' that his main force charges in with spears, for fear of hitting his own men.

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* RealityEnsues: The Zulus are pragmatic enough to take rifles and ammunition off of the British dead at Isandlwana, and take them to Rorke's Drift. What started out as a battle of guns against spears turns into a fight of guns against ''other guns''. After the initial surprise (because the defenders weren't expecting the Zulus to have looted rifles), reality sets in and it isn't as decisive: just because the Zulus know how to fire and reload rifles doesn't ''instantly'' make them expert marksmen, that takes prolonged training. One of the British officers notes that the Zulus thankfully aren't great shots (they've never had any experience firing rifles before).before. A historian of the war notes that without training, the Zulus did not understand how to align or calibrate the rifle sights, did not realise what they were for, and simply pointed at the target and fired - most bullets therefore went hopelessly wide). They also realize that the Zulu commander isn't going to have his few men with rifles fire at the ''same time'' that his main force charges in with spears, for fear of hitting his own men.
7th Oct '16 1:36:44 AM AgProv
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* RareGuns: Only a handful of the period-appropriate Martini-Henry rifles were available for the film. After two world wars and a lot of surplus floating about on the market after an upgrade in the British and South African forces, however, there were a ''lot'' of Mk IV Lee-Enfields available. If you look carefully, it is obvious the bulk of the British defenders are armed with an anachronistic weapon that only began in service forty or so years after Rorke's Drift. The actors had to pretend they were single-shot weapons and not magazine-fed repeaters.
6th Oct '16 9:40:48 AM hullflyer
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* WorthyOpponent: The Zulus appear to be massing again to wipe out the British, but it turns out they're saluting the British for their bravery before departing for good. This is [[ArtisticLicenseHistory a small fabrication]]: in real life the Zulus because they weren't supposed to be there in the first place- Prince Dabulamanzi, the Zulu commander of the force, was King Cetshwayo's half-brother, and noted for his rashness and aggressive command behavior. In fact, the attack at Rorke's Drift was a direct violation of orders from the king, that the Zulu forces were only to act in defense of Zululand, and under no circumstances to invade British-held territory. In reality, the Zulus had just disappeared by the dawn after the final attack, and only one more Zulu impi was briefly sighted by the men, retreating about an hour ahead of the British reinforcements.

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* WorthyOpponent: The Zulus appear to be massing again to wipe out the British, but it turns out they're saluting the British for their bravery before departing for good. This is [[ArtisticLicenseHistory a small fabrication]]: in real life the Zulus left because they weren't supposed to be there in the first place- place - Prince Dabulamanzi, the Zulu commander of the force, was King Cetshwayo's half-brother, and noted for his rashness and aggressive command behavior. In fact, the attack at Rorke's Drift was a direct violation of orders from the king, specifically that the Zulu forces were only to act ''only'' in defense of Zululand, and under no circumstances to invade British-held territory. In reality, the Zulus had just disappeared by the dawn after the final attack, and only one more Zulu impi was briefly sighted by the men, retreating about an hour ahead of the British reinforcements.
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