Saturday, April 9, 2016

War Film 6: Zulu (1964)

Detailing one of the outstanding small actions of the Nineteenth Century, Zulu tells the story of the small band of British soldiers who defended the mission outpost of Rorke's Drift against up to 4000 Zulu warriors. Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins, it's a timeless favourite - "with some guts behind it". Click the image below to listen to the podcast (27.5MB, 1 hour 16 mins).

Recorded Saturday 2 Apr 2016, edited by Garen Ewing.

Notes & Errata: First Boer War, 1880-81; Second Boer War, 1899-1902. And how could we forget ... "Don't throw those bloody spears at me!" was from The Man Who Would Be King.

Colin Mathieson's website.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: Zulu (1964).


  1. This was a fantastic podcast - I was looking forward to it for some time! And what a great film.

    I watched Zulu when you first released the War Films list, after (falsely) assuming that it would be similar to Four Feathers. Great characters, great insights into the human condition.

    Thanks for enlightening us with so much behind-the-scenes content in this episode! It was especially interesting to hear you guys discuss the real events as compared to the filmic adaptation.

    Looking forward to the next one, as always!

  2. Thanks very much, Matt - it's great to hear you enjoyed it :-) The next one has been recorded, I've just go to find the time to edit it!

  3. I loved it too Garen but you knew I would didn't you :)

    I actually listened to it ages ago but not sure if I gave you any feedback? Well no worries, it was entertaining and insightful with no obvious historical misteps, cheers

  4. Thank you very much, Colin! That's reassuring :-)

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