Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn (1979)

A prequel to Zulu, Zulu Dawn depicts the events prior to a devastating battle that occurred in 1879 in which 1,500 British soldiers were killed by Zulu warriors. This film portrays the growing tensions between the Zulu tribal factions and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 14, 1979
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A simple two-act story: Prelude to war, and the war. The former is concerned with a lot of British derring-do and priggish behavior. The latter consists of battle scenes with a lot of kinetic energy but not as much emotional punch as they should have.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A rousing visual spectacle that's a prequel of the Cy Endfield directed Zulu (1964).

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Seen today, it's not only a startling indictment of British imperialism, but it seems a remarkably forward-thinking work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Considering the epic magnitude of the screenplay and the diverse cast, this should have been much, much better. Directorialy flat and unimaginative.
Cassandra Maples
This film must be the most under-rated film of its time. It is a very accurate depiction of the battle of Isandhlwana and the massacre of the British Soldiers.… More