Breaker Morant

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Released 1980

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Director:
Bruce Beresford
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG
Henry "Breaker" Morant is an Englishman living in Australia at the end of the 19th century. When war breaks out in 1899 between Britain and the Boers, 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.

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  • 100

    Empire Ian Nathan

    Intelligent and moving depiction of the futility of war with a superb script and mesmerising performances from all.

  • 88

    Slant Magazine Clayton Dillard

    A time-jumping narrative that's rooted inside the linear temporal unfoldings of a pre-determined trial, Breaker Morant is like a conventional bloke in art—house clothing—but oh...

  • 88

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    Bruce Beresford had directed a flawless cast in a fascinating tale of court martial injustice during the Boer War. [19 May 1981]

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson

Major J.F. Thomas

Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward

Lieutenant Harry 'Breaker' Morant

Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown

Lieutenant Peter Handcock

Lewis Fitz-gerald

Lewis Fitz-gerald

Lieutenant George Ramsdale Witton

Bruce Beresford

Bruce Beresford

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Military & War, Historical