Cy Endfield (1963)

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Our Score
This superb re-creation of the 1879 Battle of Rorke's Drift is a personal triumph for producer/director Cy Endfield and Welsh producer/star Stanley Baker. Baker heads a remarkable cast that includes Michael Caine in a star-making performance playing against type as a toffee-nosed lieutenant. Technically the movie is a revelation, with stunning Technirama photography (by Stephen Dade), brilliant picture editing (John Jympson), glorious music (John Barry) and a wonderfully evocative soundtrack - who could ever forget the approaching sound of the 4,000 Zulu warriors before we see them? Richard Burton's narration is genuinely moving, and watch for Chief Buthelezi as his own ancestor, Cetewayo, chief of the Zulus.


An upper-class soldier and his fellow officer stationed at Rorke's Drift in 1879 discover they have been cut off after the destruction of the main British army column in the area. They must rally their small force of 140 men against the might of 4,000 Zulu warriors advancing on their position. Fact-based historical drama, starring Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, Nigel Green and Chief Buthelezi, with narration by Richard Burton.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant John Chard, RE Stanley Baker
Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead Michael Caine
Reverend Otto Witt Jack Hawkins
Margareta Witt Ulla Jacobsson
Private Henry Hook James Booth
Colour-Sergeant Bourne Nigel Green
Private Owen Ivor Emmanuel
Sergeant Maxfield Paul Daneman
Corporal Allen Glynn Edwards
Private Thomas Neil McCarthy
Private Hitch David Kernan
Narrator Richard Burton
Private Cole Gary Bond
Surgeon Major James Reynolds Patrick Magee
Private William Jones (593) Richard Davies (2)
Corporal Frederic Schiess Dickie Owen
Sergeant Windridge Joe Powell
Cetewayo Chief Buthelezi
Hughes Larry Taylor
Director Cy Endfield
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray