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Title:
Breaker Morant
Author:
Ross, Kenneth (Kenneth G.). Breaker Morant.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
New York : Fox Lorber Home Video, 1997.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901, Lt. Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp, and has a captive executed. Other executions and deaths lead to the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants.
General Note:
Videorecording of the motion picture released in 1979.--Adapted from the play of the same title by Kenneth Ross, with additional material from "The Breaker", by Kit Denton.

Made in association with The Australian Film Commission.

Interactive menu, production notes, biographies, scene access, original theatrical trailer.

"Deluxe widescreen presentation"--Container.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781572521773
Format :
DVD

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Tale of three Australian soldiers who are court-martialed at the end of the Boer War when they kill a Boer soldier in revenge for a fallen comrade. Includes cast biographies.


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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