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Best line in the movie


The best line in this whole movie is at the end. When the Color Sgt. is taking roll call and one soldier doesn't answer he doesn't skip a beat and says speak up son you're not dead.. I saw you..Classic!

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Why us? Because We're lad, Now-one else just us!

The world shell hear from me again

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I like the interplay between Hook & Surgeon Reynolds when the latter lances the boil:"my malingering hector" "er...Hook`s the name sir".

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Private Cole " Hes right you know why us?"
Colour Sergeant Bourne " because we`re `ere lad and nobody else just us"

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Now that’s the line that pretty much says it all

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Why us? Because We're lad, Now-one else just us!
... that's a quote? Makes no sense.

Why us? Because We're 'ere lad, Now-one else just us!
Oh look it makes sense now.

Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable

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Colour Sergeant Bourne "Hitch......
Hitch youre alive i saw you!


Private Hitch "I am? thank you very much"
Colour Sergeant Bourne "Now get along into sick bay where you belong"

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Yeah "we're ere lad" is a good line.
Personally though, my favourite comes at the end.

"I came here to build a bridge."

Oooooof!!!! Sends shivers rite through me long johns!!!

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Looks bad in the newspapers and upsets civilians at their breakfasts.

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Well, they've got a very good bass section, mind, but no top tenors, that's for sure.

Yours is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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Well, they've got a very good bass section, mind, but no top tenors, that's for sure.
Damn. That's the one I wanted to post. It's a great line, for sure. Nice way to rally the troops.


Are you going to pull those pistols or whistle "Dixie"?

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Ah, you have that one then, I have another, though its a bit paraphrased I think:

"Be quiet now sir, there's a good gentleman. You're upsetting my lads."

Yours is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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Damn, I'd forgotten all about that, Squeeth!



Yours is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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Nice one Squeeth, but my fav is in the hospital before the battle begins when the old Swiss guy with the crutch is talking about Zulus with one of the Welsh guys (PTE Jones). From memory i think it goes as follows.....

SWISS; How far can you boys march in a day?

JONES;(in welsh accent) Oh I dunno maybe 20 miles or so.

SWISS; Well a Zulu warrior can run RUN 20 miles, and fight a battle at the end of it.

JONES; Well theres stupid isnt it, whoever heard of RUNNING to fight a battle.

Makes me smile every time.

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Colour Sergeant Bourne: 'Lookout reports Zulus to the South West.....Thousands of 'em!!!'

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2nd Lt. Bromhead: 'Independent, Fire at will...'

Welsh Soldier: 'That's jolly decent of him...!'

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"I'll tell my man to clean your kit"
"Don't bother"
"Oh it's no bother ! i'm not offering to clean it myself,still a chap should look his best in front of the men" ,so condecending and arrogant.lol

"Ladies if men could blow themselves you'd be sitting alone watching an empty stage"

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Hehe, love that line too!

"Well chin-chin! Do carry on with your mudpies."

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"It is not enough to like a film. You must like it for the right reasons."
- Pierre Rissient

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"Well chin-chin! Do carry on with your mudpies."


Just made me LOL!!!



Are you going to pull those pistols or whistle "Dixie"?

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Glad to hear it ;-) Michael Caine did a wonderful job of playing the stuffy but heroic officer.

Love your bottom quote as well - Eastwood fan here!

Cheers,
Tom516

"It is not enough to like a film. You must like it for the right reasons."
- Pierre Rissient

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Damn, thats my line.

Welcome to the Dark Side...we have Cookies!

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Oooooooh yes perfectly sums up the English!! Arrogant *beep* whilst the Welsh soldier is in the river getting his hands dirty! English are so far up their own arse, unbelievable

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Officer on parade !

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We must have gotten 60 of them
Good, only 3,940 to go

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"And a bayonet Sir... with some guts behind it".
Sgt Bourne is my hero.

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God Hates Fangs!

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I liked the one about the shortage of tenors as well.

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I can't think of the actual quote but it's where he's talking to the Swiss guy and and he says he's a policeman and the other guys goes oh so he's going to arrest the Zulu's. If anyone can remember the actual lines post it.

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"Did you hear that 417 ?,he's a peeler come to arrest the Zulus"


"Ladies if men could blow themselves you'd be sitting alone watching an empty stage"

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"oooh I think he wants to be a hero 716!" :-P

"It is not enough to like a film. You must like it for the right reasons."
- Pierre Rissient

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I liked this one so much that I made a Web page for it at http://www.waterholes.com/~dennette/2002/zulu.htm ...

Colour Sergeant Bourne: It's a miracle.
Lieutenant John Chard: If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle.
Colour Sergeant Bourne: And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind.

Zathras have very sad life. Probably have very sad death. But, at least, there is symmetry.

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Best line in the movie: "U-Mpande cetshawayu umuzi pheka umakoti." Or perhaps, "Ogogo unina itiye ikhanda bhala" My homey says it means "Y'all limeys as funky as a humpback gnat, chewin' chicken fat, ridin' the left hump on a bullfrog's back". Heh heh.

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I can't believe no one else remembered the best line:

"What do you mean cowardly blacks? They died on your side. And who do you think is coming to wipe out your command? The Grenadier Guard?"

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I've always liked the lines between Bromhead and Chard in the burned out remains of the infirmary. For me, they've always summed up how soldiers must feel after their first taste of the bloody killing of combat.
Bromhead : "Was it like this for you ? I mean, how did you feel the first time ?"
Chard : "How do you feel ?"
Bromhead : "I feel afraid and there's something more. I feel ashamed. There. You asked me and I told you. How was it your first time ?"
Chard : "You think anyone could stomach this butcher's yard more than once ?"
Bromhead : "I ... I didn't know."



"Do you want to go to the toilet, Albert?"

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>> LOL I can see it now Bromhead and Chard sharing a bottle of Bud ... <<

Brits drinking Bud??!! No, they'd drink Guinness!

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When Bromhead and Chard are standing in the middle of their "fort" and Chard see the Witts coming on in their buggy.

Lt. Chard: Who are they?

Lt. Bromhead: The Witts.

Lt. Chard: Witts?

Lt. Bromhead: Missionarys. This is their mission.

Lt. Chard: They picked a damn odd time for a prayer meeting!

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LOL I can see it now Bromhead and Chard sharing a bottle of Bud and sitting against a cart talking about life and death fantastic.
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That would have been the only accurate scene in the entire film.

When it was all over Chard and Bromhead didn't swop philosophical quotes, they rummaged in Chard's kit looking for something to drink and found a bottle of beer which they shared.

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Bromhead: Sixty! We got at least sixty, wouldn't you say?! (Count of zulu dead in the first wave)
Adendorff: Well, that leaves 'only' 3,940!

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The number of excellent lines in this movie is simply incredible. For me, Colour Sergeant Bourne had many of the best, all of which have been posted already. Wonderful performance by Nigel Green.

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A prayer's as good as a bayonet on a day like this, sir.

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