A historical account on the life of the Zulu King Shaka.
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Series cast summary:
Edward Fox ...  Lt. Francis Farewell 10 episodes, 1986
Robert Powell ...  Dr. Henry Fynn 10 episodes, 1986
Trevor Howard ...  Lord Charles Somerset 10 episodes, 1986
Fiona Fullerton ...  Elizabeth Farewell 10 episodes, 1986
Christopher Lee ...  Lord Bathurst 10 episodes, 1986
Henry Cele ...  Shaka 10 episodes, 1986
Dudu Mkhize Dudu Mkhize ...  Nandi 10 episodes, 1986
Roy Dotrice ...  George IV 10 episodes, 1986
Gordon Jackson ...  Prof. Bramston 10 episodes, 1986
Kenneth Griffith ...  Zacharias Abrahams 10 episodes, 1986
Conrad Magwaza Conrad Magwaza ...  Senzagakona 10 episodes, 1986
Patrick Ndlovu Patrick Ndlovu ...  Mudli 10 episodes, 1986
Roland Mqwebu Roland Mqwebu ...  Ngomane 10 episodes, 1986
Gugu Nxumalo Gugu Nxumalo ...  Mkabayi 10 episodes, 1986
Tu Nokwe Tu Nokwe ...  Pampata 10 episodes, 1986
Vuyisile Bojana Vuyisile Bojana ...  Mgobozi 10 episodes, 1986
Bingo Mbonjeni Bingo Mbonjeni ...  Bhuza 10 episodes, 1986
Simon Sabela Simon Sabela ...  Dingiswayo 10 episodes, 1986
Sam Williams Sam Williams ...  Jama 10 episodes, 1986
Alex Heyns Alex Heyns ...  Vegte 10 episodes, 1986
Graham Armitage ...  Wilkins 10 episodes, 1986
Geoff Albert Geoff Albert ...  Thomson 10 episodes, 1986
Sonke Buthelezi Sonke Buthelezi ...  Nqoboka 10 episodes, 1986
John Carson ...  Lord Kimberley 10 episodes, 1986
Khumbulani Cele Khumbulani Cele ...  Shaka (6-11) 10 episodes, 1986
Dabula Ciliza Dabula Ciliza ...  Ghubela 10 episodes, 1986
Bill Curry Bill Curry ...  Popham 10 episodes, 1986
Terence Dlamini Terence Dlamini ...  Gazi 10 episodes, 1986
Thembinkosi Dlamini Thembinkosi Dlamini ...  Mevana 10 episodes, 1986
Glen Gabela Glen Gabela ...  Shaka (15-19) 10 episodes, 1986
King Beaters Gabelah King Beaters Gabelah ...  Musi 10 episodes, 1986
Winston Gama Winston Gama ...  Mzilikazi 10 episodes, 1986
P.W.M. Gardner P.W.M. Gardner ...  Aithison 10 episodes, 1986
Keith Grenville Keith Grenville ...  Shepstone 10 episodes, 1986
Zipathe Gumede Zipathe Gumede ...  Nkalakata 10 episodes, 1986
Daphney Hlomuka Daphney Hlomuka ...  Queen Ntombazi 10 episodes, 1986
Eugene Hlomuka Eugene Hlomuka ...  Dilikana 10 episodes, 1986
James Irwin James Irwin ...  Gen. Chelmsford 10 episodes, 1986
Ian Jali Ian Jali ...  Sigiyana 10 episodes, 1986
Kerry Jordan Kerry Jordan ...  Rev. Bellow 10 episodes, 1986
Benedict Khambula Benedict Khambula ...  Witchdoctor 10 episodes, 1986
Charles Kinsman Charles Kinsman ...  Cane 10 episodes, 1986
Sokesimbone Kubheka Sokesimbone Kubheka ...  Cetshwayo 10 episodes, 1986
Bruno Luthuli Bruno Luthuli ...  Pungashe 10 episodes, 1986
Khulekani Magubane Khulekani Magubane ...  Zwide 10 episodes, 1986
Victor Majavu Victor Majavu ...  King Makedama 10 episodes, 1986
Phillip Majola Phillip Majola ...  Ngwadi (9 yrs old) 10 episodes, 1986
Humphrey Makhoba Humphrey Makhoba ...  Dingane 10 episodes, 1986
Obed Makubane Obed Makubane ...  Messenger 10 episodes, 1986
Africa Manqele Africa Manqele ...  Ngazana 10 episodes, 1986
Sonto Mazibuko Sonto Mazibuko ...  Bibi 10 episodes, 1986
Grissel Mboni Grissel Mboni ...  Mfunda 10 episodes, 1986
Peter Mgaga Peter Mgaga ...  Nzobo 10 episodes, 1986
Eric Mcanyana Eric Mcanyana ...  Godongwana 10 episodes, 1986
Dingeni Mhlongo Dingeni Mhlongo ...  Nomcoba (child) 10 episodes, 1986
Precious Mkhize Precious Mkhize ...  Njani 10 episodes, 1986
Raymond Mkhize Raymond Mkhize ...  Soshangane 10 episodes, 1986
Amos Mkhonza Amos Mkhonza ...  King Kondlo 10 episodes, 1986
Louis Mtetwa Louis Mtetwa ...  Ufasimba 10 episodes, 1986
Sally Mthembu Sally Mthembu ...  Majola 10 episodes, 1986
Lucky Mtshali Lucky Mtshali ...  Nondumo 10 episodes, 1986
Sabelo Ndebele Sabelo Ndebele ...  Ngwadi 10 episodes, 1986
Daniel Ndlovu Daniel Ndlovu ...  Dlaba 10 episodes, 1986
Isabelle Ndlovu Isabelle Ndlovu ...  Noliwa 10 episodes, 1986
Michael Nene Michael Nene ...  Mbopha 10 episodes, 1986
Shadrack Ngema Shadrack Ngema ...  Joko 10 episodes, 1986
Elliot Ngubane Elliot Ngubane ...  Mphepha 10 episodes, 1986
Peter Nkwanyana Peter Nkwanyana ...  Ufasimba 10 episodes, 1986
Alfred D. Nokwe Alfred D. Nokwe ...  Kuta 10 episodes, 1986
Emily Nompumelelo Emily Nompumelelo ...  Mahlana 10 episodes, 1986
Adalbero Ntsele Adalbero Ntsele ...  Luthuli 10 episodes, 1986
Samuel Ntsini Samuel Ntsini ...  The Nameless One 10 episodes, 1986
Horatius Ntuli Horatius Ntuli ...  Njanis Father 10 episodes, 1986
Artwell Nyembe Artwell Nyembe ...  Ufasimba Leader 10 episodes, 1986
Aletta Rabotapi Aletta Rabotapi ...  Maidservant 10 episodes, 1986
Michael Richard Michael Richard ...  Mordechai Abrahams 10 episodes, 1986
Erica Rogers ...  Queen Victoria 10 episodes, 1986
Hugh Rouse Hugh Rouse ...  Worthing 10 episodes, 1986
Cynthia Shange Cynthia Shange ...  Mkabi 10 episodes, 1986
Sibusiso Shange Sibusiso Shange ...  Phakathwayo 10 episodes, 1986
David Sherwood David Sherwood ...  Captain Blair 10 episodes, 1986
Yule Simone Yule Simone ...  Gendeyana 10 episodes, 1986
Leonard Sithole Leonard Sithole ...  Mbuya 10 episodes, 1986
Washington Xisolo Washington Xisolo ...  Bhebhe 10 episodes, 1986
Ron Smerczak ...  Ogle 10 episodes, 1986
Sibongile Sokhulu Sibongile Sokhulu ...  Nomcoba 10 episodes, 1986
Daniel Stewart ...  Tonino 10 episodes, 1986
Oliver Stole Oliver Stole ...  Mbenghi 10 episodes, 1986
Sean Taylor ...  The Prince Of Wales 10 episodes, 1986
Reginald Tsokolibane Reginald Tsokolibane ...  The Lion Man 10 episodes, 1986
Sean Weir Sean Weir ...  Hockley 10 episodes, 1986
Robert Whitehead ...  Simpson 10 episodes, 1986
Ganza Zama Ganza Zama ...  Mtonga 10 episodes, 1986
Vincent Zulu Vincent Zulu ...  Pakatwayo 10 episodes, 1986
V.E.M. Zulu V.E.M. Zulu ...  King Sodubo 10 episodes, 1986
Patrick Zungu Patrick Zungu ...  Igazi 10 episodes, 1986
Nomsa Xaba Nomsa Xaba ...  Sitayi 9 episodes, 1986
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Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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This has been the most repeatedly screened mini-series ever shown on television in the U.S. By 1992, over three hundred fifty million viewers had seen it. This mini-series dislodged The Hunters (1957) and The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) and its sequels as the prime shaper of American perceptions of "tribal" history in southern Africa. The series even achieved cult status. The U.K. actors and actresses who worked on the project were nearly blacklisted by the U.N. See more »

Quotes

Dingiswayo: When I spoke of that nation, I wanted the name Mtetwa to stand for peace not total war! I wanted my armies to bring subjugation not destruction!
Shaka: To subdue another tribe, you must strike it once and for all. Total war, total subjugation to the paramount king and total destruction to anyone who raises even a whisper against him! Never leave an enemy behind or it will rise again to fly at your throat! There's no other way!
Dingiswayo: Yes, Shaka there is! Faith!
Shaka: IN WHAT!
Dingiswayo: The human being. Reason. In each man's ...
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Alternate Versions

Also released on video in an edited, 'feature length' version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Kirsten Dunst/Eminem (2002) See more »

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A class act
13 January 2006 | by chrisn-6See all my reviews

Although I remember seeing some of the original mini-series in the 80s I had never watched the whole story. My interest was re-awakened when I bought the Shaka Zulu box set in the January sales. Having watched the whole series through I realised that this was a great story, very well told and well acted (especially by the African leads - some of the British cast seem hammy in comparison although Edward Fox to his credit is less hammy than normal).

There are good production values and great scenery (the series used many of the original locations from Shaka's life) and hundreds of "real" extras. All in all a refreshing change from the vacuous CGI laden "epics" which flood the cinema now. I think the fact this was a mini-series has led to this production being seriously undervalued. It is a lot better than many films which get given Oscars.


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Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

24 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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