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Breaker Morant (1980)

'Breaker' Morant (original title)
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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

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Capt. Alfred Taylor
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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
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Cpl. Sharp
Russell Kiefel ...
Christiaan Botha
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Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Rod Mullinar ...
Maj. Charles Bolton
Alan Cassell ...
Rob Steele ...
Capt. Robertson
Chris Smith ...
Sgt. Cameron
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Storyline

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 <kaspsev@dorit.ihi.ku.dk>

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A true story of injustice and the horror of war. One of the most acclaimed Australian movies ever made! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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3 July 1980 (Australia)  »

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Breaker Morant  »

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AUD 650,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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In 1980, Edward Woodward once said of working with Bruce Beresford: "The keystone of his direction, as with all good directors I think, is that he encourages you to contribute to the part, even to very the way it is written. He is a very clever director and can achieve an almost unspoken rapport with his actors. He only has to movie his finger before he says something, and you immediately know what he is talking about. His communication with actors is unbelievably perceptive." See more »

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During the Morant trial, a military band is heard playing Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1." The march was premiered in England in October 1901, and it is very unlikely that an arrangement for military band was available less than two months later when the trial took place. It wasn't until later in 1902 that the words "Land of Hope and Glory" became permanently wedded to the tune. See more »

Quotes

Peter Handcock: [standing on a table] There once was a lad from Australia, who painted his ass like a dahlia, the color was fine and likewise the design, but the aroma -whew!- that was the failure.
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Introducing Lewis Fitz-Gerald as George Witton See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Soldiers of the Queen
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Written by Leslie Stuart
Arranged by Phil Cuneen and Jack Grimsley
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One of the best
12 June 2003 | by (raleigh,nc) – See all my reviews

A war/courtroom drama on a par with The Caine Mutiny. Well written, acted and photographed without a single superfluous scene or conversation.I have watched it several times and it has always held my complete attention and has never failed to evoke pity and sympathy for the common soldier.


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