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
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The poem recited at the dinner party is 'Mafeking' by Sir Alfred Austen, the British Poet Laureate of the time. It consists of seven stanzas, of which only the last is heard in the film. See more »
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 »
Lt. Col. Denny:
I must say, I find this sort of behavior from a soldier in the British Army morally disgraceful. These were married women.
Well, they say a slice off a cut loaf's never missed.
Leftenant Handcock's personal morality is not on trial, sir.
Lt. Col. Denny:
[under his breath to a fellow officer]
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Introducing Lewis Fitz-Gerald as George Witton See more »
When I watched this finely acted movie, I wasn't really too knowledgeable about the Boer War so I didn't know how historically accurate the film was. However, from reading the posts, it seems more knowledgeable posters then myself agree that the filmmakers were very authentic in their endeavors. Most pertinently, even though the story is about the General Staff scapgoating the three Australian lieutenants to cover their own practice of ordering Boer prisoners shot, in a war obviously long since concluded, its relevance is timeless and universal as soldiers in all times and places are asked to do things that conflict with their consciences. Breaker Morant shows this very powerfully. 9/10.
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