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
Audio commentary by director Bruce Beresford
Interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004
New interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donlad McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown
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
Always loved this movie, and even though I had a dvd version, getting it on blu-ray (and from Criterion Collection as well) made it worth buying it again. Some great historical extras on this version. . .
A grim, no-frills look at the late colonial period which yet manages to draw on moving themes of honor, integrity and loyalty. Impeccable casting and directing.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Again Criterion brings a classic film to the public. A movie that deals with the moral questions that face a soldier and informs you about history in an engaging manner. Lots of extras about the real Morant and the Boer war in South Africa.