Shangani Patrol  [DVD]
Brian O'Shaughnessy (actor)
Will Hutchins (actor)
Quality: From YT, colour, 4:3 (in 16:9 frame)
The nerve-jangling true tale of a battalion of volunteer soldiers facing the might of King Lobengula's army in Rhodesia in 1893. It concentrates on Major Wilson and his decision to pursue Lobengula and the retreating Matabele despite the obvious dangers - it is not entirely uncritical of Wilson, which is a good thing. The human drama comes from the predicament of the individuals under his command as they are cut off by the Matabele. The locations are excellent, the general appearance of the participants (historically speaking) is quite good, and the battle-scenes are plentiful and well staged.