Dwarfing the mightiest! Towering over the greatest!

Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man-of-the-people, Lt. John Chard and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an Alamo-like siege until they are overwhelmed, losing the battle, but going down in history as heroes. 150 soldiers defended a supply station against some 4000 Zulus, aided by the Martini-Henry rifle "with some guts behind it". 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. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879.
Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1964-01-22
Run time: 138 minute / 2:18
Budget: $3,500,000
Revenue: $8,000,000
Director: Cy Endfield
Production Company : Diamond Films
Production Country: United Kingdom



Stanley Baker
as Lt. John Chard R.E.
Jack Hawkins
as Rev. Otto Witt
Ulla Jacobsson
as Margareta Witt
James Booth
as Pte. Henry Hook
Michael Caine
as Lt. Gonville Bromhead
Nigel Green
as Colour Sgt. Frank Bourne
Paul Daneman
as Sgt. Maxfield
Patrick Magee
as Surgeon Reynolds
Glynn Edwards
as Cpl. Allen
Neil McCarthy
as Pvt. Thomas
David Kernan
as Pvt. Hitch
Gary Bond
as Pvt. Cole
Richard Burton
as Narration spoken
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi
as Cetewayo
Kerry Jordan
as Company cook
Dennis Folbigge
as Commissary Dalton
Gert Van den Bergh
as Adendorff
Harvey Hall
as Stickman
John Sullivan
as Stephenson
Joe Powell
as Sergeant Windridge
Larry Taylor
as Hughes
Dickie Owen
as Corporal Schiess
Dafydd Havard
as Gunner Howarth
Denys Graham
as Private 716 Jones
Richard Davies
as Private 593 Jones
Tom Gerrard
as Lance / Corporal
Peter Gill
as Private 612 Williams
Ivor Emmanuel
as Private Owen
Simon Sabela
as Dance Leader
John Barry Original Music Composer

Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer

John Jympson Editor

Stephen Dade Director of Photography

Stanley Baker Producer

Cy Endfield Director

Cy Endfield Producer

Cy Endfield Writer
John Prebble Writer

Basil Keys Associate Producer

Ernest Archer Art Direction

Noreen Hipwell Production Secretary

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