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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.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writers:

Jonathan Hardy (screenplay by), David Stevens (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Woodward ... Harry 'Breaker' Morant
Jack Thompson ... Major J.F. Thomas
John Waters ... Cpt. Alfred Taylor
Bryan Brown ... Lt. Peter Handcock
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Lt. Col. Denny (as Charles Tingwell)
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Cpt. Simon Hunt
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Col. Ian (Johnny) Hamilton
Ray Meagher ... Sar. Maj. Drummond
Chris Haywood ... Cpl. Sharp
Russell Kiefel Russell Kiefel ... Christiaan Botha
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Lt. George Witton
Rod Mullinar ... Major Charles Bolton
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Lord Kitchener
Rob Steele Rob Steele ... Cpt. Robertson
Chris Smith Chris Smith ... Cameron Sergeant
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

3 July 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaker Morant See more »

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Budget:

AUD650,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Photographs of the real Lieutnenant Harry "Breaker" Morant triggered the memory of an actor whom director Bruce Beresford just couldn't think of. After wracking his brains extensively, he eventually remembered English "Callan" star, Edward Woodward. Beresford, whilst on a visit to London, convinced Woodward to travel to South Australia to appear in "Breaker Morant". Woodward has stated that his performance in "Breaker Morant" is the best of his career.

[Source: Movie News (Aust), Aug-Sept 1980, Vol 16, No 4, p 40] See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lord Kitchener: Needless to say, the Germans couldn't give a damn about the Boers. The diamonds and gold of South Africa they're after.
Major Bolton: They lack our altruism, sir.
Lord Kitchener: Quite.
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Introducing Lewis Fitz-Gerald as George Witton See more »

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Soundtracks

Land of Hope and Glory
(from Pomp & Circumstances No. 1) (uncredited)
Written by Edward Elgar
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 jomendeziiiSee 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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