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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
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David Stratton in his book 'The Last New Wave' said of this film that director Bruce Beresford ". . . added a great more material to the [Kenneth G. Ross source] play after extensive research into Morant's story, both in Australia and at the Army Museum in London. And in London he met Welsh actor Kenneth Griffith who turned out to be an authority on the Boer War with a large file on Morant which provided additional material for the screenplay." 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 »
[to Major Thomas]
Excuse me, sir. I was in a public house last night, sir.
We're you, Sergeant?
Yes, sir. I overheard one of the witnesses talking about the prisoners. In his cups he was, sir. A very indescreet gentleman.
[later in court, questioning Corporal Sharp]
Have you not been saying in the local pubs that you would walk barefoot from Cape Town to Petersburg to be on a firing party to shoot Lieutenant Handcock?
Well, sir I might have said something like that over a pint, ...
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This movie shows what a truly hellish thing war can be. Where no rule but rule `3-0-3' exists. A lot of films show war in one slant or another, glorious or horrific. This one just shows it for what it is. A damned horrible mess. Many of the actors are some of Australia's finest and this movie is a credit to their skill and talent. It has simple production values but it is elevated by their acting abilities and the great script. A definite must for those who favor the war genre in films, and a measuring point for those who seek to make a film about war and the people caught up in it.
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