Breaker Morant (1980)
"'Breaker' Morant" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  3 July 1980 (Australia)
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Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Alfred Taylor
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Lt. Col. Denny (as Charles Tingwell)
Terence Donovan ...
Capt. Simon Hunt
Vincent Ball ...
Col. Ian 'Johnny' Hamilton
Ray Meagher ...
Sgt. Maj. Drummond
Cpl. Sharp
Russell Kiefel ...
Christiaan Botha
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ...
Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Rod Mullinar ...
Maj. Charles Bolton
Alan Cassell ...
Rob Steele ...
Capt. Robertson
Chris Smith ...
Sgt. Cameron


During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom. Written by Kasper Sevaj <>

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"If you encounter any Boers, you really must not loot 'em and if you wish to leave these shores, for pity's sake don't shoot 'em." "THE BREAKER" See more »


Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

3 July 1980 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Breaker Morant  »

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AUD 650,000 (estimated)

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The role of the Bushvelt Carbineers was to fight against Boer civilian commandos. Apparently, this represented the first ever use of the term "commando". See more »


The band plays an excerpt from Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, which premiered three years after the trial took place. See more »


George Wittow: Did you write that, Harry?
Harry Morant: No, no. It was a minor poet, called Byron.
Peter Handcock: Never heard of him.
Harry Morant: I did say he was a minor poet.
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Introducing Lewis Fitz-Gerald as George Witton See more »


Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »


Lochaber No More
Written by Allan Ramsey
Music by Thomas Connellan
Arranged by Jack Grimsley
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A powerful movie, compelling story, beautifully acted
2 November 2004 | by (Walden, NY) – See all my reviews

"Breaker Morant" is a powerful indictment of colonialism and the extremes to which a government will go to cover its rear end. The characters are brilliantly portrayed, the movie is superbly filmed and the story of the Aussie military unit is a compelling one. The relationships among the soldiers are especially well-presented, and the trial that constitutes the center of the film is not only absorbing but chilling. There are echoes of America's experience in Vietnam, and of the shortcomings of empires other than the British as shown here. In short, it's riveting and well-paced. And the ending, although foreshadowed, isn't given away. It has lessons for our modern world. It's one of my top 10 movies.

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