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  • Awesome Music: Men of Harlech and the main theme by John Barry.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Colour Sergeant Bourne. Mostly for his Someone Has to Do It attitude and being a Sergeant Rock.
  • Fair for Its Day: The Zulus, despite being obviously primitive, are depicted as Worthy Opponent types to the British and crafty in their own right (their ambush at Isandlwana is shown at the beginning of the movie, and they try both envelopment and making use of captured European weapons against the enemy- albeit to no success). The South African extras portraying the Zulu soldiers were also all bused in and paid in full despite Apartheid being in effect at the time. In the face of (British) criticism of the movie for racism, one of the actors from the movie (namely the current chief of the Zulu tribe and great-grandson of Cetshwayo) defended the film:
    Mangosuthu Buthelezi: Even if the past is uncomfortable, and perhaps especially when the past is uncomfortable, it needs to be examined and unpacked rather than hidden away... There was no fuss about race, no discrimination, no bigotry. It was simply a community of people working together to recreate a part of history that held tremendous meaning for them all... But something more emerges from the film. The deep respect that develops between the warring armies, and the nobility of King Cetshwayo's warriors as they salute the enemy, demanded a different way of thinking from the average viewer at the time of the film's release. Indeed, it remains a film that demands a thoughtful response.
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  • First Installment Wins: You may have noticed from the page description that this film actually had a prequel called Zulu Dawn. It's fair to say that not many people have seen it despite having some amazing battle scenes.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In Zulu Dawn, there's Bob Hoskins!

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