Zulu Dawn script
Zulu Dawn (1979)
Synopsis: Zulu Dawn is a 1979 war film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu forces in 1879 in South Africa. The screenplay was by Cy Endfield, from his book, and Anthony Storey. The film was directed by Douglas Hickox. The score was composed by Elmer Bernstein.

18.LT. MELVILL, young, dapper, inspects the Martini Henry

rifles of a company of

REDCOATS who are lined up near the BASUTOS. A CSM (SOT.


stalks behind MELVILL.

ONE REDCOAT, young, thin, gangling, turns his head slightly to

peek at the

Basutos, and the swift eye of SOT. WILLIAMS detects the

disaffection. The young

redcoat (PTE. WILLIAMS) turns, guilty at being caught out of

the 'Attention'

position. The CSM (SOT. WILLIAMS) leans forward until his face

is one inch

from that of his quavering prey.

SGT. WILLIAMS (Shouting)

You moved (With more restraint) You movedgo and tell the NCO

of that black shambles that you love 'im more than you love

me(Shouting) NOW'

19.PTE. WILLIAMS blinks, swallows then runs over to the

Basuto's NCO.

NCO (Addressing the Basutos)

You're not fit to be in the British army you different coloured


STRAIGHTEN UP! You're like a load of bloody herd boys! (He

suddenly becomes aware of PTE. WILLIAMS' presence).


I'm to tell you Corporal, that I love you more than my Colour


The Basuto's NCO walks up to PTE. WILLIAMS.


That's frightening... Get out of my bloody sight lad. And put

your rifle

over your head and double round this field (shouting) until you


bloody dead. Now move, get on with it, at the double.

The Basutos, laughing, raise their shields into the air in

general amusement as



Shut up! Get back in the ranks you shower of animals.

20.CHELMSFORD, still on horseback, surveys the encampment. He

salutes to SOT.

WILLIAMS. CREALOCK, as always, is in attendance.




Facing the ranks:

Company Shoulder arms.... (LT. MELVILLjoins SOT.

WILLIAMS) Present arms.

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Cy Endfield

Cyril Raker Endfield (November 10, 1914 – April 16, 1995) was an American screenwriter, film director, theatre director, author, magician and inventor, based in Britain from 1953. more…

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