Not Rated | | Drama, History, War
South Africa's apartheid laws had wide-ranging effects on the production. The cast and crew were continuously reminded not to fraternize with the topless tribal dancers; the penalty for interracial sex was seven years hard labor. The Zulu extras could not be paid the same amount as their white counterparts, so Cy Endfield gave all of the animals bought for the movie, particularly cows, to the tribes. None of the actors who portrayed the Zulu warriors were allowed to attend the premiere.
Lieutenant John Chard:
What's our strength?
Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Seven officers including surgeon, commissaries and so on; Adendorff now I suppose; wounded and sick 36, fit for duty 97 and about 40 native levies. Not much of an army for you.
The film opens with Otto Witt at Ulundi, as the guest of Cetshwayo. In fact, Cetshwayo disliked Witt intensely, and had forbidden him to enter Zululand.
"And introducing Michael Caine"