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Breaker Morant Details

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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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:May 16, 1980

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jonathan Hardy Best Adapted Screenplay 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Beresford Best Adapted Screenplay 1980 Nominee
Australian Film Institute Awards Jack Thompson Best Actor 1980 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Jack Thompson Best Supporting Actor 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Stevens Best Adapted Screenplay 1980 Nominee

Cast

Edward Woodward
as Lt. Harry Morant
Bryan Brown
as Lt. Peter Hancock
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
as Lt. George Witton
Jack Thompson
as Major J.F. Thomas
John Waters
as Capt. Alfred Taylor
Rod Mullinar
as Major Charles Bolton
Charles "Bud" Tingwell
as Lieutenant Colonel Denny
Terence Donovan
as Capt. Simon Hurst
Vincent Ball
as Lt. Ian Hamilton
Alan Cassell
as Lord Kitchener
Russell Kiefel
as Christian Botha
Judy Dick
as Mrs. Shields
Barbara West
as Mrs. Vanderberg
Ray Meagher
as Sgt Major Drummond
Alan Lovett
as Scots Sentry
Wayne Bell
as Lieutenant Reed
Chris Haywood
as Sentry
Rob Steele
as Captain Robertson

Crew

Bruce Beresford
Director
Matt Carroll
Producer
John Hardy
Screenwriter
Kenneth Ross
Play Author
David Stevens
Screenwriter
Bruce Beresford
Screenwriter
Jonathan Hardy
Screenwriter
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
Phil Cunneen
Composer (Music Score)
Anna Senior
Costume Designer
Gary Wilkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Mont Fieguth
Special Effects
Heath Harris
Stunts
Greg Smith
Stunts
Judy Lovell
Makeup
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