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Breaker Morant

Bruce Beresford

 
Breaker Morant (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Australia
  • 1980
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #773

At the turn of the twentieth century, three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove that they were just following orders and are being made into political pawns by the British imperial command. Director Bruce Beresford garnered international acclaim for this riveting drama set during a dark period in his country’s colonial history, and featuring passionate performances by Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson; rugged cinematography by Donald McAlpine; and an Oscar-nominated script, based on true events.

Cast

Lieutenant Harry “Breaker” Morant Edward Woodward
Major J. F. ThomasJack Thompson
Captain Alfred TaylorJohn Waters
Lieutenant Peter HandcockBryan Brown
Lieutenant George WittonLewis Fitz-Gerald
Lieutenant Colonel DennyCharles Tingwell
Captain Simon HuntTerence Donovan
Corporal SharpChris Haywood
Colonel Ian ”Johnny” HamiltonVincent Ball
Sergeant Major DrummondRay Meagher
Lord KitchenerAlan Cassell
Christian BothaRussell Kiefel
Captain RobertsonRob Steele
Major BoltonRod Mullinar

Credits

DirectorBruce Beresford
Produced byMatthew Carroll
ScreenplayJonathan Hardy, David Stevens and Bruce Beresford
Adapted from the play “Breaker” Morant by Kenneth Ross
Story editorHarold Lander
Lighting cameramanDonald McAlpine
Film editorWilliam Anderson
Assisted byJeanine Chialvo
Production designDavid Copping

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Beresford
  • New interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown
  • Interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004
  • New piece about the Boer War with historian Stephen Miller
  • The Breaker, a 1973 documentary profiling the real Harry “Breaker” Morant, with a 2010 statement by its director, Frank Shields
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard

    New cover by Sean Phillips

Film Essays

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Breaker Morant: Scapegoats of Empire

By Neil Sinyard September 23, 2015

Bruce Beresford draws on a controversial episode of Australian colonial history from 1901 to create an electrifying drama that questions the moral certitude of war. Read more »

Film Essays

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Breaker Morant: Scapegoats of Empire

By Neil Sinyard September 23, 2015

Bruce Beresford draws on a controversial episode of Australian colonial history from 1901 to create an electrifying drama that questions the moral certitude of war. Read more »


Clippings

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Talking to Bruce Beresford

September 21, 2015

This week, veteran director Bruce Beresford joins the collection with Breaker Morant and Mister Johnson, two early twentieth-century period pieces about colonialism and its destructive legacies. . . . Read more »

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