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Updated: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:15:00 GMT | By Thomas Oakey
Michael Caine at 80: life in pictures

Big break



Big break (© Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)
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Caine’s big breakthrough finally came in 1964 though, when director Cy Enfield asked him to swap his distinctive cockney accent to play an upper-class British officer in Zulu, a historical war film based on the events of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, fought between the British military and the Zulu people, filmed in South Africa.

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