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Criterion Collection: Breaker Morant |Blu-ray Review

29 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following the mid-70s wave of critically acclaimed Australian cinema, thanks to names like Peter Weir, Fred Schepisi and Gillian Armstrong, director Bruce Beresford would score his first of several iconic moments in cinematic history with 1980’s Breaker Morant, based on the play by Kenneth G. Ross. The film premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded a Best Supporting Acting accolade for Jack Thompson (a category that no longer officially exists), and began a prolific decade for Beresford, which closed with a controversial Best Picture win at the 1989 Academy Awards with Driving Miss Daisy. Documenting a particularly heinous miscarriage of justice from the country’s military history, Beresford’s title helped established a legacy of commemorative reenactments from his native country and showcases a trio of excellent performances.

Set during the Boer War at the turn of the century in South Africa, a trio of three Australian lieutenants, »

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‘Breaker’ Morant

15 September 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bruce Beresford says that by 1980 most Australians had forgotten that their countrymen had fought in the Boer War, and this scathing condemnation of England's scapegoating of commonwealth volunteers had a big impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown front a protest from the past, in one of the most respected Aussie Renaissance features of the late '70s. 'Breaker' Morant Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 773 1980 / Color / 1:78 anamorphic widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Lewis Fitz-Gerald Cinematography Don McAlpine Production Design David Copping Film Editor William S. Anderson <Written by Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens from a play by Kenneth Ross Produced by Matt Carroll Directed by Bruce Beresford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Bruce Beresford's 'Breaker' Morant is one of the stronger entries in the late '70s -- early '80s upsurge of quality movies from Australia and New Zealand. »

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