Shaka Zulu

 (334)5.21 h 34 min2001R
SHAKA ZULU: THE LAST GREAT WARRIOR is the true story of the legendary African warrior and his struggle to unite his people against the largest empire in the world.
Joshua Sinclair
David HasselhoffKaren AllenOmar Sharif
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Grace Jones
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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EvaReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I was excited to see the remake of this movie, UNTIL A SAW IT! It's a shame that the producers once again, pretty much like they did the Bible, slanted it to favor European's point of view! This man was a WARRIOR KING, not a slave!! Not once in this movie did they show his AWESOME battle skills! NO! Just chained in the bottom of a ship! They depicted the White women as so enchanting, she changed the mind of a fierce warrior! Give me a BREAK! I found it to be disgusting, and wished I'd never watched it! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!
37 people found this helpful
lawyeraauReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Well, having seen the great Shaka Zulu epic miniseries, I thought I would check out this film on Amazon Prime. Well, to sum it up, it is terrible. As a historical drama it fails, as it is history goes Hollywood. The script is totally laughable and nonsensical. The only good thing about the film, is that the late great South African actor, Henry Cele, is once again cast in the role of Shaka, to reprise his memorable portrayal of this Zulu warrior and king in the mini-series. The role of Lt. Francis Fairwell, originally played by Edward Fox in the mini-series, is, instead, played by his brother, James Fox. There, the resemblance to the miniseries stops.

As for David Hasselhoff, who ever told this guy he could act? Karen Allen, who is usually solid, sports an on-again, off-again British accent. Moreover, the romance between them strikes this viewer as false as a three dollar bill. The film is totally tedious. The only reason I gave it two stars, rather than the one star this turkey deserves, is entirely due to Henry Cele's performance as Shaka.

Do yourself a favor and take a pass on this film. It is not worthy.
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HunterReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do not waste your time
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Do not watch this I watched the original long ago and thought would be a good educational film for my Kid. Boy was I wrong completely garbage only good thing was the actor playing Shaka once again. Barf worthy film and a complete slap in the face to the ppl and there descendants Disgusting.
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Marco san antonioReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Total travesty
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100% fiction. Such a shame that the true story of a fascinating man was sidelined for the political mess of a movie. This movie is the cinematic equivalent of fake news. Please dont watch this movie.
19 people found this helpful
david schwartzReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
watch this if you want to see how bad they wanted to make it
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Watch the 10 part mini series. It is great. I dont know what this movie was except some sort of weird Africa/British Unity Propaganda film. Nothing like the series at all. waste of time
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julijourneyReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing to do with Shaka Zulu
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This movie is OK if you want to watch a romance that has absolutely nothing to do with the real Shaka Zulu. Shaka was a military genius who at the height of his empire-building commanded 2 million sq miles of south east Africa, 40,000 soldiers and 250,000 citizens. He was never captured as a slave and he did not traipse around alone with white women. He had many wives and dozens of children but his real queen was his mother. There is next to nothing that is historically accurate about this fairy tale movie.
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DerekReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Days of Future Past Zulu Flick
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Direction: No real complaints, but fairly dull even for made-for-tv-fare.
Script: Bloody awful. This movie tries to tie in (somewhere?) with the well-made original miniseries. The storyline is pretty ridiculous.
Sound: Again, no real complaints.
Cinematography: Meh. The battle scenes are a bit too chaotic and the wonderful wide shots from the first miniseries are gone. The limited budget turned a massive Zulu army into a few tight shots of a Zulu platoon or two.
Acting: I saved this for last this time because it was well, terrible. The original stars from the first movie (that were left) do what they can. James Fox and Henry Cele pretty much know it's a crap script on a low budget. Cele's incredible portrayal of the Zulu King from the first miniseries is cheapened and blunted by the lame script.

Now we come to the reason for the one star: David Hasselhoff and Karen Allen in a pointless, unbelievable love story. David Hasselhoff is pretty much a 1/16 trick pony. His greatest acting achievement is wearing more makeup than any other male actor in the history of film while arguing with a talking car. I couldn't even stand him in Baywatch Nights where he stretched those Baywatch acting chops as a Navy Seal turned beach lifeguard, turned private investigator battling werewolves, Vikings, mummies, and I think there was a ninja or two in there somewhere. How could ANYONE screw THAT up? At any rate this is a risky role for him as a white slaver who's introductory scene shows him wearing a leather trenchcoat that he retrieved from the trunk of KITT. I don't know if it is period-correct wardrobe but I do know you can't have him in a movie without draping some leather on him, or he just produces it naturally.

I like Karen Allen. Animal House. Starman, Raiders of the Lost Ark were a good fit. She has a Tomboy look and plays strong female characters while having big beautiful eyes and cute freckles. She is either horribly miscast here or Hasselhoff's craptacular acting can't exist in a vacuum so it starts devouring any talent near him. She bounces in and out of some kind of accent (what I call the Keanu bounce) and wears a white dress in the ocean without getting the dress wet. Her best scene is a compassionate moment with Cele on the slave ship. They both have the chops, but can't save this turkey of a film.

Oh yes and for some reason, Omar Sharif shows up to chew some film budget and develop his wardrobe for the 13th Warrior. I like the guy and there aren't many Egyptian leading men in film, but like Hasselhoff and Allen his presence is pretty pointless.


All of the Shaku Zulu sequels are terrible, lesser offspring of a greater father. Avoid.
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George HermanReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's not the TV series...
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It is a fine adventure film, but do not mistake it for the brilliant TV series based on the same personality and detailing the life and advancement of Shaka through the ranks of the Zulu warriors to become chief. Many of the principal actors are the same, but this follows a largely melodramatic episode when Shaka is taken by slavers. The principal playing Shaka is the same man in both the series and this film, and he is exceptional. The British actor are excellent, and Hasselhoff - who somehow gets top billing is - as usual - Hasselhoff/
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