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#737726 - 02/04/04 10:55 PM Zulu
jodi Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 6960
Loc: The Evergreen State (WA)
I saw the last half of the coolest movie last night (Zulu - 1964, Stanley Baker, Michael Caine). It was amazing. (if not a bit depressing) My favorite part was the singing/percussion - that the Zulu warriers did as they were heading into battle (think Paul Simon/Graceland) At one point, one of the British soldiers starts singing like an Irish Tenor, and then the rest of the soldiers join in, and you've got the Zulu war song with all these percussion sounds superimposed on the men's choir singing. I with it came on a CD, it was beautiful. Have any of you seen this movie?

\:\) Jodi

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#737727 - 02/04/04 11:08 PM Re: Zulu
JBryan Offline
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Registered: 01/19/02
Posts: 9798
Loc: Oklahoma City
Yes, I saw this movie a couple of times over the holidays on AMC. The war chant with the rhythmic foot stomping and shield banging gives quite an impression. It is most effective, I suspect, when there are about three thousand of them. ;\)

Great movie.
Better to light one small candle than to curse the %&#$@#! darkness.

#737728 - 02/04/04 11:28 PM Re: Zulu
Tom--K Offline
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Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 5934
Snake eyes

#737729 - 02/04/04 11:32 PM Re: Zulu
Tom--K Offline
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I love the mov1e.

I first saw it when I was a child and have alway loved the movie. Maybe it was the bare breasts of black women that the movie started out with that intrested me (where have I seen something like that lately?)

One of the best ever made.

#737730 - 02/04/04 11:39 PM Re: Zulu
JBryan Offline
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Loc: Oklahoma City
The Zulus could have probably made even more of an impression with some crotch grabbing to go along with that war chant.
Better to light one small candle than to curse the %&#$@#! darkness.

#737731 - 02/04/04 11:48 PM Re: Zulu
RKVS1 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 3192
Loc: Topeka, Kansas
Yes a great movie. You might have to go back and listen carefully to hear this, or perhaps its only on the Platinum-IV Extra Special Director's Cut Edition that I have.

As the 35,000 Zulu warriors are surging forward like a tidal wave toward the ragtag band of 150 embattled British soldiers awaiting their fate (hey its FUN to write drivel like this) you can hear a spin-chilling hope-dashing spirit-sapping loon-like cry rising above them like an ominous audible fog:

Ha-Ha Zu Lose


#737732 - 02/05/04 01:44 AM Re: Zulu
pianoseed Offline
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Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 884
Loc: here
A fine tribute to the British Empire and Manifest Destiny. Cherrio, pip pip, and all that rot!

#737733 - 02/05/04 03:56 AM Re: Zulu
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 4264
Loc: Pretoria South Africa
Hi Jodi,

We seem to enjoy crossing swords but not this time! Delighted to share your enjoyment of the film "Zulu".

You were knocked over by the cultural contrasts of bravado-singing of the opposing forces. Some 100 professional solders with guns and ammo against a horde of 4000 black warriors armed with assagais and shields.

The singing reminds me of the comfort a schoolboy finds in whistling while taking a shortcut through a graveyard. Those centuriors knew that they were going to die but miraculously beat the odds. Stoic bravery earned an unheard of 11 Victoria Crosses. But bear in mind that the Zulus
were equally aware that they were going to be slaughtered en masse by the shite mans' guns. The
warriors had the unenviable choice of obeying the Chief's battle plan as brave cannon-fodder in the front line of battle or face later tribal execution for the slightest show of cowardice.

But on the lighter side - the image that really sticks in my mind - is that of golden-haired Cockney newcomer - now Sir Michael Caine (what an actor!) - imperiously coming into the picture astride his horse - red-lined cape neatly draped over the rear of his mount - and spouting the posh upper-crust lingo of Queen Victoria's military top brass - " I say old chap and all that rot". So different from the East-end dropping of "h's" when playing the role of a jewel thief - "that you 'Arry?"

One confused submission has managed to add a fanciful extra 31,000 to the actual warrior count of 4,000 ( read off the video cover) to set up a playful but tastless banter. Like giggling over September 11 ... not on!

#737734 - 02/05/04 09:09 AM Re: Zulu
Larry Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 9217
Loc: Deep in Cherokee Country
The latest movie to be released on video with Michael Caine in it is called "Secondhand Lions". It also has Robert Duvall in it, and that little funny looking kid who starred in the thriller (can't remember the title) where he said "I see dead people". I don't watch many movies, but when the movie came into inventory at the video store I took it home and watched it 3 times in a row. Excellent movie.
Life isn't measured by the breaths you take. Life is measured by the things that left you breathless

#737735 - 02/05/04 09:21 AM Re: Zulu
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
My husband has been raving about "Secondhand Lions" as well. I think it comes out in video (at least to our local Blockbuster) this week.

Haley Joel Osment is the kid. Why do I remember this but can't remember my computer passwords??

Maybe I should change my pw's to Haley Joel Osment. Hmmm...


#737736 - 02/05/04 09:40 AM Re: Zulu
plays88skeys Offline
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Registered: 01/08/04
Posts: 3091
Loc: Richmond, VA
I saw it in the theater on my first date ever. I was 13. It was a forced deal -- my mother and the guy's mother (I think he was 15) were good friends and kept trying to push us at each other. Didn't work. That date was a disaster. But the movie was great -- and still is.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills

#737737 - 02/05/04 09:51 AM Re: Zulu
Matt G. Offline
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Registered: 06/22/01
Posts: 3789
Loc: Plainfield, IL
Originally posted by btb:
But bear in mind that the Zulus were equally aware that they were going to be slaughtered en masse by the shite mans' guns.[/b]
Now there's a Freudian typo if ever there was one! :p
Sacred cows make the best hamburger. - Clemens

#737738 - 02/05/04 10:14 AM Re: Zulu
apple* Offline

Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
Topeka Bob....(RKVS1).......

Just to let you know your constant stream of wry witticisms, word play, puns and jokes does not go unnoticed.. I guess by now I'm a bit jaded; my eyebrow rises as my eyes roll. Sometimes tho, I guffaw.... surprized by the Panama Canal in a dentistry thread, or the thought of warriors shouting "Ha Ha Zu Lose".

Where do you come from?
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

#737739 - 02/05/04 10:18 AM Re: Zulu
Renauda Offline
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Registered: 04/16/02
Posts: 5066
Zulu is one of my all time favourite movies. I saw it as a kid and still watch it from time to time. There was a follow up movie done in the 1980's starring Peter O'Toole called Zulu Dawn. Not quitew as good as its predecessor but nevertheless very well done and worth watching. It describes the events leading to the Zulu War and examines the Battle of Islandawana that occurred the day before Rorke's Drift. Islandawana was the British equivalent to Custer's Last Stand.
"The older the fiddle, the sweeter the music"~ Augustus McCrae

#737740 - 02/05/04 11:38 AM Re: Zulu
Tom--K Offline
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Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 5934
"Oh, well... I suppose there are such things as gifted amateurs."

#737741 - 02/06/04 09:18 AM Re: Zulu
Dwain Lee Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 2419
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Zulu is one of my alltime favorite movies, jodi!

#737742 - 02/07/04 12:14 AM Re: Zulu
Palindrome Offline
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Registered: 12/22/01
Posts: 3917
Loc: Chicago, IL USA
One of the things I did during my time in the U.S. ArmyVietnam War was to serve as usher, then post theater projectionist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Zulu was the first movie I ever ushed. I thought it was good, but have run into two people since then who thought it was the greatest movie ever made. (One of those people, a cousin of mine now in her 80s, may have been under the influence of chemical stimulants when she was watching the film. The other would always say, whenever the film was mentioned, "Button your tunic, you slovenly soldjah!")

Brings back old times.
There is no end of learning. -Robert Schumann Rules for Young Musicians


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