7.9/10
10,531
91 user 41 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Don's Party (1976)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Tommy Lewis
Gallipoli (1981)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr
The Club (1980)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

Director: Ken Hannam
Stars: Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Robert Bruning
Action | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.

Director: Tom Jeffrey
Stars: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1923 British Colonial Nigeria, Mister Johnson is an oddity -- an educated black man who doesn't really fit in with the natives or the British. He works for the local British magistrate, ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward, Maynard Eziashi
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley
Newsfront (1978)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes
Black Robe (1991)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Capt. Alfred Taylor
...
...
Lt. Col. H.C. Denny (as Charles Tingwell)
Terence Donovan ...
Capt. Simon Hunt
Vincent Ball ...
Col. Ian 'Johnny' Hamilton
...
Sgt. Maj. Drummond
...
Cpl. Sharp
Russell Kiefel ...
Trooper Christiaan Botha
...
Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Rod Mullinar ...
Major Charles Bolton
Alan Cassell ...
Rob Steele ...
Capt. Donald Robertson
Chris Smith ...
Cameron Sergeant
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They were ordered to "take no prisoners" See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 July 1980 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Breaker Morant  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 650,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Lt. Col. Denny: [regarding Kitchener's order to shoot any Boers taken prisoner] Do you really believe that Lord Kitchener, a man venerated throughout the world, would be capable of issuing an order of such barbarity?
Major Thomas: I don't know, sir. But I do know that orders that one would consider barbarous have already been issued in this war. Before I was asked to defend these soldiers, I spent some months destroying Boer farmhouses, burning their crops, herding their women and children into stinking refugee camps where ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Introducing Lewis Fitz-Gerald as George Witton See more »

Connections

Featured in Edward Woodward Interview (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sarie Marais
Traditional - Afrikaans
Written by Albert Diggenhof (uncredited) and Josef Marais (uncredited)
Arranged by Eric Cook and his Orchestra (uncredited)
Performed by John Pfitzner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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.


29 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?