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Zulu - The best Britain has to offer.
Member Name: TimListfield
Advantages: Based on a true story in which Britain really kicked ass.
This is easily one of the best British films of all time. It stars Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and a then little known actor called Michael Caine in one of his first roles, along with narration that is provided by Richard Burton and support by Nigel Greene (who is excellent). So the cast alone makes a huge impact. Then to top it off, it has non stop action all the way through, building tension in between.
The story of Zulu is based on the true story of the defence of Rorke's drift, which was one of the greatest historical war moments as 150 British soldiers defended a supply station against 4,000 zulus successfully.
Stanley Baker plays Lieutenant John Chard, and Michael Caine is Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, with Jack Hawkins providing support in the form of a Swedish missionary. The two officers being to make plans to defend the supply station when they hear that there has been a massacre of troops several miles away. The Swedish missionary tries to make everyone run, and as the tension mounts even more, he is sent away.
Eventually, and having built up a huge amount of tension, all the soldiers hear a distant but clear sound of marching footsteps. Then the 4,000 zulus appear on the hills around them, and it's up to the British to defend attack after attack of Zulu warriors as they attempt the kill the British, and it makes for some of the finest acting and some of the finest action in film.
A seriously quality film, this shows that when the British put their mind to it they can outclass Hollywood, as I think this is better than a lot of other war films. The acting is faultless, and Michael Caine had the screen presence to move forward with his career (he was given a huge contact with Harry Saltzman just months after this). But the best acting is from Nigel Green as Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, who has to keep his men in line and show no fear in the face of the enemy. Fantastic.
Summary: Brilliant acting, brilliant action, brilliant direction.