Breaker MorantDirector: Bruce Beresford
Breaker Morant is one of the most acclaimed Australian films, telling a powerful tale of wartime betrayal and injustice. Henry "Breaker" Morant (Edward Woodward) is an Englishman living in Australia at the end of the 19th century. When war breaks out in 1899 between Britain and the Boers (descendants of Dutch colonists), Morant and a number of Australians volunteer for duty and are absorbed into the non-regular units of the British army. Acting under orders from his commanders, Morant oversees the execution of several Boer prisoners; it turns out that one of them was German, and in order to keep the peace with Germany, Britain agrees to courtmartial Morant and two other soldiers, sentencing two to death and one to life imprisonment. Based on a play by Kenneth Ross, Bruce Beresford's film is powerfully filmed and acted and has become a classic anti-war movie since its 1980 release; the script (co-written by Beresford) was nominated for an Academy Award. The final execution scene is nearly overpowering in its sense of tragedy and futility.
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Cast & Crew
|Edward Woodward||Lt. Harry Morant|
|Bryan Brown||Lt. Peter Hancock|
|Lewis Fitz-Gerald||Lt. George Witton|
|Jack Thompson||Major J.F. Thomas|
|John Waters||Capt. Alfred Taylor|
|Rod Mullinar||Major Charles Bolton|
|Charles "Bud" Tingwell||Lieutenant Colonel Denny|
|Terence Donovan||Capt. Simon Hurst|
|Vincent Ball||Lt. Ian Hamilton|
|Alan Cassell||Lord Kitchener|
|Russell Kiefel||Christian Botha|
|Judy Dick||Mrs. Shields|
|Ray Meagher||Sgt Major Drummond|
|Rob Steele||Captain Robertson|
|Wayne Bell||Lieutenant Reed|
|Barbara West||Mrs. Vanderberg|
|Ian Gray||B/M Thomas|
|Dick Henderson||Captain Nicholson|
|Alan Lovett||Scots Sentry|
|William M. Anderson||Editor|
|David Copping||Art Director|
|Phil Cunneen||Score Composer|
|Mont Fieguth||Special Effects|
|Donald M. McAlpine||Cinematographer|
|Chris Murray||Special Effects|
|Anna Senior||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Pamela Vanneck||Production Manager|
|Gary Wilkins||Sound/Sound Designer|
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An outstanding movie, well served by time. It tells the timeless story of soldiers carrying out the orders of their superiors, but who are then used as scapegoats when the the policies of their superiors fall from favor. The parallels to Vietnam made this film particularly poignant when it was first released.
This was an excellent movie. I was shocked to hear it was popular with anti-war groups, since it is often used in the military to promote dicussions and dialouge about moral and ethical decision making for young leaders. It tells a story that few, who have not been in combat, can understand the diminishing value of human life as violence and death are seen far too often. One's morals and values are very susceptible to change when the daily situation has dramatically changed and their is no anchor to the life one led outside of the combat zone. It's a tragic story of the few being sacrificed to end an endless war. And it was based on a book written by the only one of the three not executed entitled "Scapegoats of the Empire".
This movie is a historical drama that epitomizes the arrogance of the British military aristocracy. Never have I seen a more splendid adaptation of ''British justice''. The Boer War is historically depicted for all to see. A fantastic effort and must see!
This is a movie for anyone interested in war and/or history. It is the best movie in the last thirty years.
To have seen this film is to have experienced one of the great masterpieces in film making of the last 30 years.
I couldn't agree more with what's already been said here. A great movie, great acting, great script and - what no one has yet mentioned - great cinematography. The visuals are just fabulous. One of the best war movies ever made, but not just a war movie. It transcends the genre. Everyone should see it.
This is a great movie about the British military and its policies during WWI.