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PostSubject: Character Assignation   Character Assignation EmptyWed May 19, 2010 9:34 pm

Doe’s anyone know, why Hook was portrayed as he was in the film Zulu. We now know he was completely opposite to that. So what led the directors to believe he was a drunk barrack room lawyer? They must have researched the VC Holders film before going to production or did they just take it upon themselves to carryout a character assignation of Henry Hook. The family of Hook was none to happy. But what was done to rectify the insult.
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PostSubject: Re: Character Assignation   Character Assignation EmptyWed May 19, 2010 9:43 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Character Assignation   Character Assignation EmptyWed May 19, 2010 9:55 pm

Thank's S.D.

But I’m really trying to find out where the directors got their information on hook, which led them to portray him the way they did. You would have thought they would have checked military records and carried out a basic background check, they must have realised than relatives of hook were alive. They should have, out of courtesy contacted living relatives before going public with the film.

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PostSubject: Re: Character Assignation   Character Assignation EmptyWed May 19, 2010 10:02 pm

"But I’m really trying to find out where the directors got their information on hook"

Dave you will have to be a bit of digging to find that information. I will have a run over the web to see if I can come up with something.
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Good luck to both of you. Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Character Assignation   Character Assignation EmptyWed May 19, 2010 10:10 pm

"Most of the characters in the film were based on real participants of the battle, but their behaviour is mostly fictional—something that has provoked disapproval: in an interview on the DVD, the descendants of Private Hook object to his negative portrayal in the film. Indeed, Hook's elderly daughters walked out of the film's 1964 London premiere, angry at the way their father had been depicted."
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PostSubject: character assignation   Character Assignation EmptyThu May 20, 2010 6:06 am

hi Dave .
I think you will find the makers of Zulu portrayed Hook as they did for " Artistic Licence " someone had to play a
lovable rogue and so it fell to " Hooky " ( James Booth ). Just unlucky I guess . As for looking at military records
I dont think it would or could have been done back in the 1960"s as the zulu war was hardly a stand out affair to
anyone back then, and more than likely there wasnt anyway of accessing or possibly even finding the records for
individuals and if so sorting them out would be an expensive time consuming task. Not like today where you press a
few buttons and you can access anything in the blink of an eye . Idea .
cheers 90th.
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Sometimes it’s not good to mix fact and fiction. It up-set the Zulu War enthusiasts at their Breakfast.
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