Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant

Edward Woodward
Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
, Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown
, Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Bruce Beresford

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2015
UPC: 0715515156813
Original Release: 1980
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 8,079

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Bruce Beresford; New interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donlad McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown; Interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004; New piece about the Boer War with historian Spephen Miller; The Breaker, a 1973 documentary profiling the real Harry "Breaker" Morant, with a 2010 statement by its director Frank Shields; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Frank Wilson Dr.Johnson
Alan Cassell Lord Kitchener
Russell Kiefel Christian Botha
Judy Dick Mrs. Shields
Ray Meagher Sgt Major Drummond
Chris Haywood Sentry
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

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director,Screenwriter
William M. Anderson Editor
Matt Carroll Producer
David Copping Art Director
Phil Cunneen Score Composer
Mont Fieguth Special Effects
Jonathan Hardy Screenwriter
John Hardy Screenwriter
Heath Harris Stunts
Judy Lovell Makeup
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Chris Murray Special Effects
Anna Senior Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Smart Stunts
Greg Smith Stunts
David Stevens Screenwriter
Pamela Vanneck Production Manager
Gary Wilkins Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Breaker Morant
1. Full Responsibility [3:20]
2. Captain Hunt [4:56]
3. Important Prosecution [2:17]
4. First-Timer [3:00]
5. "The Best In Australia" [2:55]
6. "Not Guilty" [3:45]
7. Breaches Of Discipline [6:54]
8. Like A Madman [7:49]
9. Contradicting The Facts [1:50]
10. Rule 303 [1:44]
11. The Best Witness [2:30]
12. No Prisoners [6:31]
13. Memories [2:35]
14. Boer Attack [3:34]
15. Fort Edwards Executions [7:38]
16. Inadmissible Evidence [5:15]
17. Missionary Quandary [7:25]
18. Blurred Truth [6:22]
19. Closing Statement [6:05]
20. Sentenced [7:17]
21. "A Bloody Sham" [1:34]
22. Letters To Loved Ones [1:48]
23. "Shoot Straight, You Bastards!" [9:54]
1. No Score [3:20]
2. Casting Woodward [4:56]
3. Storyboarding [2:17]
4. A Favorite Actor [3:00]
5. Mel Gibson [2:55]
6. World-Famous Cameraman [3:45]
7. Way Behind Schedule [6:54]
8. Pressures Of War [7:49]
9. Very Australian [1:50]
10. Military Men [1:44]
11. Law Of The Gun [2:30]
12. Quieting The Criticism [6:31]
13. Links To Iraq [2:35]
14. Operating The Camera [3:34]
15. Maximizing Performance [7:38]
16. A Celebrated Figure [5:15]
17. Prosecution [7:25]
18. The First Scene Filmed [6:22]
19. The Accuracy Of Australians [6:05]
20. Dubious Assessments [7:17]
21. [No Commentary] [1:34]
22. Based On Research [1:48]
23. Scapegoats Of Empire [9:54]
Disc #2 -- Breaker Morant
1. Chapter 1 [3:51]
2. Chapter 2 [13:32]
3. Chapter 3 [11:05]
4. Chapter 4 [14:53]
5. Chapter 5 [11:26]

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