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Breaker Morant (1980)

'Breaker' Morant (original title)
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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Lt. Col. H.C. Denny (as Charles Tingwell)
Terence Donovan ...
Capt. Simon Hunt
Vincent Ball ...
Col. Ian 'Johnny' Hamilton
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Sgt. Maj. Drummond
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Cpl. Sharp
Russell Kiefel ...
Trooper Christiaan Botha
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Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Rod Mullinar ...
Major Charles Bolton
Alan Cassell ...
Rob Steele ...
Capt. Donald Robertson
Chris Smith ...
Cameron Sergeant
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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 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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Trivia

The name of the song sung by the young Boer was 'Sarie Marais' (also known as 'My Sarie Marais'). Phonetically, the title is pronounced "May Sah-ree Mah-reh". It is an Afrikaans folk song, popular at the time of the Second Anglo-Boer War. The song is heard sung in this film by John Pfitzner who plays a Boer leader. See more »

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In the film the defendants are allowed to gather in a common room until lights out to socialize and meet with their lawyer and other visitors. In reality there were six defendants in total, including Captain Taylor, who were held in strict solitary confinement from their arrest through sentencing and were not allowed to communicate with each other at all. See more »

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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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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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Cock of the North
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Traditional - Irish
Arranged by Bill Brown
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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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