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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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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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When they speak of heroes - of villains - of men who look for action, who choose between honor and revenge - they tell the story of Breaker Morant See more »

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Drama | History | War

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3 July 1980 (Australia)  »

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AUD 650,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Rod Steiger was the early main contender to play Lieutenant Harry "Breaker" Morant and later, Australian actor Terence Donovan was highly considered and became the favorite for the part. In the original 1978 Melbourne stage production of 'Breaker Morant: A Play in Two Acts', it was actor Terence Donovan who had played Harry 'Breaker' Morant. Donovan had also worked with this film's director Bruce Beresford in the earlier South Australian Film Corporation production Money Movers (1978). However, the lead role eventually went to Callan (1967) actor Edward Woodward due to a desire to have an international star in the leading role. This happened after leading British thesp Alan Bates had declined the part. Terence Donovan was given another part in the film, that of Captain Simon Hunt. See more »

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

Quotes

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 »

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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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Arranged by Eric Cook and his Orchestra
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A great movie that shows the real face of war.
31 October 2003 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

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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