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Released 1964
Distributor Embassy Pictures

Producer Stanley Baker stars in Cy Endfield’s epic recreation of the 1879 Battle of Rorke’s Drift, in which 1000 stiff-upper-lip British soldiers gave a good account of themselves in a battle with 4000 Zulu warriors. Not scrupulously accurate, but rousing and excitingly staged, with a great John Barry score.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.