The British commandos whose exploits inspired The Guns Of Navarone (1961) somehow needed the help of Gregory Peck, while Steve McQueen and James Garner were incongruous inmates of a British prisoner-of-war camp in The Great Escape (1963). It is difficult to accept the fact that the loves of our lives can also possess awful, sometimes dangerous qualities. But this was typical of the times. I rather liked the interview with the Zulu politician and leader who played Cetshwayo - the interviewer keeps on bringing it back to 'but isn't it awfully racist?' They’re not going to … It’s all about stories. Just us. I read a history book about the Zulu war that included a chapter about that battle, and ever since I've resented the writer of that movie. Published: 19:57 EST, 1 January 2014 | Updated: 00:34 EST, 2 January 2014. One of the many memorable battle scenes as the hopelessly outnumbered British take on wave after wave of Zulu warriors. There was no looking back after that — or, for the squeamish among us, no looking at all. Joe Biden held a series of high level jobs in the U.S. government. I signed an order to restore the pensions and healthcare benefits promise to workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan. Filming was on location in a deeply racist South Africa, where apartheid was ruthlessly enforced by a whites-only minority government. There are other errors of detail. Yet the absence of gore, far from diminishing Zulu, adds to its greatness. That’s the bulk of what we do, remove images that are re … Newer », This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments. Which sounds an awful lot like the Roman Pilum, doesn't it? ... but we’re not even competing against each other because we’re … It reappears regularly on television, particularly at high days and holidays. For 99.99 percent of the people in the world, no one will hear their stories, but they’re just as important as everyone else’s. They were tough and outsiders and that's how I saw myself. Your self-care is your responsibility, nobody else’s. It was Folk Album of the Year for Mojo and received four-starred reviews from The Observer and The … 9. On our screens, the desperate fight by 140 soldiers to defend Rorke’s Drift, a tiny outpost of Queen Victoria’s empire in the South African  veldt in 1879, was re-enacted in that classic British war film, Zulu. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. I don’t think we’re going to need it because it looks like we’re plateauing and maybe even, in many cases, coming down. But last Sunday, January 22, marked the 133rd anniversary of the Defense of Rorke's Drift and the … The  African National Congress was a banned organisation and Nelson Mandela on trial for treason. We’re kind of a poster child for that, [with] what we’re trying to accomplish here. Our review. The Zulus are presented as a disciplined, proud and honourable people, of equal worth, not the sub-species that apartheid ideology reduced them to. ‘It is war without the nasty bits,’ wrote one military specialist. His 27 years in prison had just begun. This is more than black and white; Southern Africa could have been anyone's; the English made it just over Zulu and Dutch, had Rorke's Drift been different, Africa would be, maybe for the better - then again maybe not. This website exists to break down the barriers between people, to extend a weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members. Once again, our blood chilled at the fast-approaching rumble of fists pounding on cowhide shields. This may seem like it comes from the Dads thread, but it's apropos here. Just us. Pls help. All posts copyright their original authors. In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of the British soldier in face of the enemy only 1344 have been awarded. To enlighten them, Endfield put on the screening of a Western out there in the remote Drakensberg Mountains. Because we're here, lad. I suspect a modern version would torture itself (and its viewers) with political correctness and overload it (and us) with battlefield bloodletting and special effects, all in 3D, in-your-face  technology and ear-splitting  multi-channel sound. Caine was part of an all-British cast, led by the magnificent home-grown talents of Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins. A single British redcoat’s sneering remark on screen that ‘they’re savages, aren’t they’ (the actual Victorian view, in all honesty) is rapidly countered with an outpouring of respect for their bravery. Even if we don’t find the victim, we’re removing hundreds, if not thousands, of images that would otherwise still be online. Playing Bromhead, one of the two lieutenants who commanded the Rorke’s Drift defence, shot the then little-known Caine into the big time. A remake of Zulu today would be drenched in so much blood it might prove unwatchable. Because somebody, if you’re here, you got to like Trump, because we’re working on getting their pensions taken care of, because they were taken advantage of. Back in the early Sixties, film- makers and censors thankfully spared us graphic violence. Well here it is the first post, and what better day start the blog but on the 22nd of January. But this was a country whose black population was so held back that those extras had never seen a film, and had no idea what they were being asked to do. Nobody else. Though the outside world voiced disapproval of apartheid, it had not yet made South Africa the pariah state it would soon become, boycotted and out-of-bounds. One private soldier, Henry Hook, is depicted as a malingerer and a drunk who finally comes good and does his duty — a dramatic device invented for the screenplay. He said he was the only one to wear his pith helmet properly to shade his eyes, though it obscured his face. They had booze they had cigs, they had the promise of girls if not any actual girls. Scott Moore commends it this way: “Whether in the Ottawa Valley of his youth, the ivory towers of Princeton, or a Florentine trattoria, David … Stanley Baker commands a group of British soldiers. Nobody else. There are three soldiers who fought at Rorke's Drift in our village cemetary - two were buried in pauper's graves. In this respect, it does extremely well, and it's exciting whether it's Brits against Zulus. Just us." Over two and a half years — we’re almost up to three — but this was done and calculated only as of two and a half, and it’s only gone up since then — we’re … I loved it. Following on from the posting of the main part of the Zulu army painted up so far (I managed to find a few more in another box that I had missed) its time I posted the British painted so far. Rate this quote: (0.00 / 0 votes) 90 Views. He didn't want players who had bright blue eyes because they couldn't see well in the sun. Action: The all-British cast was led by the magnificent home-grown talents of Stanley Baker (pictured) and Jack Hawkins. My family fought in the South African wars (and later against the Irish in Ireland). Zulu has the power to grip our attention because it is timeless in theme, look and style — which makes it even more of a surprise that it is half a century old and this month celebrates its 50th birthday. The moment that, for me, elevates it into a different dimension is when a young British soldier stares open-mouthed at the huge enemy  army encircling Rorke’s Drift. I need this wedding song that goes like this ..chorus: That was years ago, but we're still here, We've walk side by side together, through the laughter and the tears. His is the authentic voice of  soldiering through the centuries — as true today for our troops in Afghanistan as it was for Queen Victoria’s footsoldiers. On the face of it, the events at Rorke’s Drift mirrored the white supremacists’ view of the world. ‘Why does it have to be us?’ he wails. He is in his 80s now, with more than 100 films to his credit, but Zulu remains among his most memorable (even if his role as a toff officer was a far cry from the Cockney Jack-the-lad he proved better suited to). Instead, this paragon of British backbone — played incomparably by Nigel Green — says calmly: ‘Because we’re here, lad. Gauls? The newest title from FPR Books is Real Characters: A Tip of the Hat to Nonconformity by David Lyle Jeffrey. On We Are Who We Are Season 1 Episode 2, Caitlin left the compound and dressed up in baggy clothing, but Fraser continued his pursuit of her. Cast and crew were warned that having sex with non-whites was illegal and would result in prosecution, imprisonment and a lashing. The real Hook’s ageing daughter left the premiere in disgust when she saw her model soldier father’s reputation trashed. Nobody else. 'There’s nobody else really growing oysters on the east coast of Florida,' says owner. “There’s nobody else who can tell us who we are, where we belong,” he said. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, … This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film, This is one of my father's favorite movies - but he digs the Zulu warriors rather than the English. I started to join the group. Indifference is the desire to avoid. 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