Cinema: Grand & Gory

Zulu vividly re-creates an episode from the British conquest of Zululand in 1879. Its heroes were some 130 redcoats who made a blood-and-guts stand against 4,000 proud Zulu warriors besieging the mission outpost at Rorke's Drift, Natal. Eleven of the survivors were later awarded Britain's coveted Victoria Cross, the most ever given after a single military action.

Improving on history, Director Cy Endfield has made a battle film in the grand carry-on-lads tradition of Font-Feathers and Gunga Din. His characters are swiftly etched stereotypes, a drawback easily overlooked once the action begins to surge against the eye-filling sweep of Natal's brooding, beautifully...

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