In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Cy Endfield co-wrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of Isandhlwana, which remains the worst defeat of the British army by natives, with the British contingent outnumbered 16-to-1 by the Zulu tribesmen. The film's opinion of events is made immediately clear in its title sequence: ebullient African village life presided over by King Cetshwayo is contrasted with aristocratic artifice under the arrogant eye of General Lord Chelmsford (Peter O'Toole). Chelmsford is at the heart of all that goes wrong, initiating the catastrophic battle with an ultimatum made seemingly for the sake of giving his troops something to do. His detached manner leads to one mistake after another.Zulu Dawn featuring Burt Lancaster and Denholm Elliott is streaming on Fandor, free on Tubi TV, and available for rent or purchase on Prime Video. It's an action & adventure and drama movie with an average Rotten Tomatoes (critics) score of 57% and an average IMDb audience rating of 6.6 (5,876 votes).
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Zulu Dawn has an average Rotten Tomatoes (critics) score of 57% and an average IMDb audience rating of 6.6 (5,876 votes). The movie is somewhat popular with Reelgood users lately.