History Film / Zulu

5th Jun '18 8:05:48 AM AgProv
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* Foreshadowing: The Boer character makes a few DeadpanSnarker remarks about the British and Boers fighting on the same side ''for now'', united against a common enemy. But he suggests after the war with the Zulus, things may well be different. In RealLife, the first Boer War happened a little over a year later. This was a direct consequence of the hamfisted way the British prosecusted the Zulu War, followed by a botched peace settlement and the British administration seeking to grab what it could after the collapse of the Zulu Empire. This alienated the Boers of the Transvaal and drove them into open revolt. And ''[[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar twenty]]'' years after the Zulu War...

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: The Boer character makes a few DeadpanSnarker remarks about the British and Boers fighting on the same side ''for now'', united against a common enemy. But he suggests after the war with the Zulus, things may well be different. In RealLife, the first Boer War happened a little over a year later. This was a direct consequence of the hamfisted way the British prosecusted the Zulu War, followed by a botched peace settlement and the British administration seeking to grab what it could after the collapse of the Zulu Empire. This alienated the Boers of the Transvaal and drove them into open revolt. And ''[[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar twenty]]'' years after the Zulu War...
5th Jun '18 8:05:12 AM AgProv
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* Foreshadowing: The Boer character makes a few DeadpanSnarker remarks about the British and Boers fighting on the same side ''for now'', united against a common enemy. But he suggests after the war with the Zulus, things may well be different. In RealLife, the first Boer War happened a little over a year later. This was a direct consequence of the hamfisted way the British prosecusted the Zulu War, followed by a botched peace settlement and the British administration seeking to grab what it could after the collapse of the Zulu Empire. This alienated the Boers of the Transvaal and drove them into open revolt. And ''[[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar twenty]]'' years after the Zulu War...
24th May '18 5:18:33 AM sturmovik
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* MinoredInAssKicking: Bromhead, although portrayed as an aristocratic officer whose job is squarely one of command and leadership, is skilled with his pistol and at one particularly dire point trades his sword (intended as a badge of rank), for a rifle and joins the ranks of the flying platoon to repel Zulus breaching the perimeter.
12th Apr '18 2:48:44 AM urbancannibal
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** The cavalrymen were essentially yelled at as cowards by the soldiers as they've fled. Historically accurate here, in fact, in real life, the defenders took potshots at the fleeing cavalry men and killed one of them!
9th Apr '18 7:10:33 AM moloch
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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 Creator/BurtLancaster, Creator/PeterOToole, and Creator/BobHoskins.

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Followed It was followed fifteen years later by a prequel, ''Zulu Dawn'', about the disastrous Battle of Isandlwana that took place earlier the same day. The film was released on the centenary of the battle. It was written by Cy Endfield and starred Creator/BurtLancaster, Creator/PeterOToole, and Creator/BobHoskins.
Creator/BobHoskins, and is generally regarded as being [[ShownTheirWork better history]] but the inferior film. It is also much more openly critical of the UsefulNotes/AngloZuluWar, emphasising the fact that the British instigated the war in order to seize Zululand.
20th Mar '18 9:55:05 PM Estvyk
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* RealityHasNoSubtitles: The Zulus' dialogue and chanting isn't translated.
12th Dec '17 7:47:25 AM JustRichard1972
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* RealMenLoveJesus: Colour-Sergeant Bourne coolly despatches Zulus with his bayonet, commands ranks of riflemen and quotes Psalm 46 before the battle.
1st Aug '17 12:17:06 PM maxwellsilver
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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.

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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
removed, as well as Webley Mk. VI revolvers, not introduced until 1915. This is due to a lack of functional Beaumont-Adams revolvers used in the actual battle.



** It should be noted that historically the 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 depicted in the film.

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** It should be noted that historically the cavalry actually fought in the opening stages of the battle before being forced to withdraw due to a lack of ammunition for their carbines. \n** The cavalry unit was also mostly made up of black riders rather than white farmers as depicted in the film.



* DeadpanSnarker: Bromhead, very much so.
-->'''Chard:''' Don't worry, Miss Witt. The Army doesn't like more than one disaster in a day.
-->'''Bromhead:''' Looks bad in the newspapers and upsets civilians at their breakfasts.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Bromhead, very much so.
-->'''Chard:''' --->'''Chard:''' Don't worry, Miss Witt. The Army doesn't like more than one disaster in a day.
-->'''Bromhead:''' --->'''Bromhead:''' Looks bad in the newspapers and upsets civilians at their breakfasts.



-->'''Bromhead:''' We've dropped at least sixty!
-->'''Adendorff:''' That leaves only 3,940.

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-->'''Bromhead:''' --->'''Bromhead:''' We've dropped at least sixty!
-->'''Adendorff:''' --->'''Adendorff:''' That leaves only 3,940.



* DirtyCoward: Private Henry Hook is portrayed as this until he has a change of heart and becomes a hero, saving the lives of at least a dozen patients in the hospital.
** The cavalrymen were essentially yelled at as cowards by the soldiers as they've fled.
** Historically accurate here, in fact, in real life, the defenders took potshots at the fleeing cavalry men and killed one of them!

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* DirtyCoward: DirtyCoward:
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Private Henry Hook is portrayed as this until he has a change of heart and becomes a hero, saving the lives of at least a dozen patients in the hospital.
** The cavalrymen were essentially yelled at as cowards by the soldiers as they've fled.
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fled. Historically accurate here, in fact, in real life, the defenders took potshots at the fleeing cavalry men and killed one of them!



* LoveableRogue: Private Hook. (The real Hook was a churchgoing teetotaler, and his elderly daughters were ''not'' happy at the way the film portrayed their father.)
** The "Private Hook" fictional character was shown performing the actions of several of the real life historical convict soldiers.

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* LoveableRogue: Private Hook. (The Hook (the real Hook was a churchgoing teetotaler, and his elderly daughters were ''not'' happy at the way the film portrayed their father.)
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father). The "Private Hook" fictional character was shown performing the actions of several of the real life historical convict soldiers.



* OneSteveLimit: Discussed by some of the soldiers. The Welsh have a rather limited range of names, so soldiers with similar names [[YouAreNumberSix go by their serial numbers]] to avoid confusion.



* PlanetOfSteves: Discussed by some of the soldiers. The Welsh have a rather limited range of names, so soldiers with similar names [[YouAreNumberSix go by their serial numbers]] to avoid confusion.



* 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. 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.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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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. 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.



* 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 - 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 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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* WorthyOpponent: WorthyOpponent:
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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 - 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 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.



* ZergRush: Again and again, the Zulus' chief tactic, though more by necessity than ignorance. Early in the film, Chard, Bromhead and Ardendorff discuss the Zulus' envelopment tactics, and decide that fortifying themselves within the mission negates the enemy's advantage. When the Zulu attempt to draw the British out from the defenses fails, Cesthawayo brings his riflemen into action, which has limited effect. Only then do the attackers resort to frontal assaults.

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* ZergRush: Again and again, the Zulus' chief tactic, though more by necessity than ignorance. Early in the film, Chard, Bromhead and Ardendorff discuss the Zulus' envelopment tactics, and decide that fortifying themselves within the mission negates the enemy's advantage. When the Zulu Zulu's attempt to draw the British out from the defenses fails, Cesthawayo brings his riflemen into action, which has limited effect. Only then do the attackers resort to frontal assaults.
24th Jul '17 12:54:23 AM Drcynic24
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** Historically accurate here, in fact, in real life, the defenders took potshots at the fleeing cavalry men and killed one of them!
24th Jul '17 12:51:09 AM Drcynic24
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** While the dueling war chants/songs makes for good film, it would be wholly inaccurate. Both the British and the Zulus took army discipline quite seriously during battle.
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