The year 1879. The place: Natal, Africa. This is the exciting true story of Rorke's Drift, an isolated British outpost where a handful of soldiers withstood a day-long attack of the mighty Zulu nation - 4000 fierce warriors strong. Shot on location in the shadow of the picturesque Drakensberg Mountains, Zulu stands as an authentic cinematic reconstruction of that historic and bloody battle which earned some eleven men the Victoria Cross - the largest number of that Country's highest decoration for valor ever awarded at a single action. Stanley Baker is the British officer who refuses to abandon his outpost, Michael Caine is his bewildered, obedient aide and Jack Hawkins portrays the reverend who pleads for immediate withdrawal.