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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Woodward ... Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
Jack Thompson ... Major J.F. Thomas
John Waters ... Capt. Alfred Taylor
Bryan Brown ... Lt. Peter Handcock
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Lt. Col. H.C. Denny (as Charles Tingwell)
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Capt. Simon Hunt
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Col. Ian 'Johnny' Hamilton
Ray Meagher ... Sgt. Maj. Drummond
Chris Haywood ... Cpl. Sharp
Russell Kiefel Russell Kiefel ... Trooper Christiaan Botha
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
Rod Mullinar Rod Mullinar ... Major Charles Bolton
Alan Cassell Alan Cassell ... Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener
Rob Steele Rob Steele ... Capt. Donald 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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HERO OR VILLAIN ...his exploits shook an empire...and made him a legend. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,142,857
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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: I must say, I find this sort of behavior from a soldier in the British Army morally disgraceful. These were married women.
Peter Handcock: Well, they say a slice off a cut loaf's never missed.
Major Thomas: Leftenant Handcock's personal morality is not on trial, sir.
Lt. Col. Denny: [under his breath to a fellow officer] Regrettably.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Lewis Fitz-Gerald as George Witton See more »

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Traditional
Written by Allan Ramsey
Music by Thomas Connellan
Arranged by Jack Grimsley
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Powerful war movie
15 November 2004 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

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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