Breaker Morant (DVD, 1999)
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New York Times - Janet Maslin (12/21/1980)
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- michael_chessma...Aug 18, 2007by
An excellent movie for every British fan!
This movie speaks to the the very real spirit of the Australian genre in their rejection of impersonal application of rules and sense of decorum in the face of the needs of real and true humane and indeed beautifully human ideals of justice and goodness at the end of the day. Considered expendable by the Brits (Gallipoli is another very great movie on a similar theme) some Australian soldiers during the time of the boer war are out on trial for actions they deem to have been defensible. In order to make expediency reign over real truth and fair play, The British are out to make martyrs of them and in the end you find yourself fighting the system in favour in individual heroism, something the Aussies are known for as a great peoples indeed.
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- d-jones813Apr 20, 2009by
Classic movie telling a story that is playing itself out as we live and speak today. This is a kangaroo military court martial at its worse.
- bubu816Apr 2, 2008by
'Breaker' Morant still haunts after 28 years
'Breaker' Morant is a classic courtroom drama about war, duty, and politics set during the Boer War (1899-1902). Compared with Kubrick's Paths of Glory, "Morant" is relevant beyond its time and place. Director Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) is one of the filmakers involved in the Australian New Wave of the 1980's. Edward Woodward and the rest of the cast is excellent, and the production gives a real sense of turn-of-the-20th-Century South Africa. Based on real events, "Morant" is a movie that will make you think.
- harvoFeb 6, 2008by
Outstanding in all respects, a supurb film with great acting. A lesson to be learned. The same scapegoat mentality as what is being used against the USMC in Iraq.