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3.8
240 Ratings

Breaker Morant

'Breaker' Morant

Directed by Bruce Beresford
Australia, 1980
Drama

Synopsis

At the turn of the twentieth century, three Australian officers are court-martialed for alleged war crimes. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove that they were just following orders and are being turned into political pawns.

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Breaker Morant Directed by Bruce Beresford

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1980 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Academy Awards

1981 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

National Board of Review

1981 | Winner: Top Ten Films

A high point of the Australian film renaissance of the 1970s and early ‘80s, Bruce Beresford’s Breaker Morant is a magnificent dramatization of one of the most controversial episodes in Australian colonial history.
September 23, 2015
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A time-jumping narrative that’s rooted inside the linear temporal unfoldings of a pre-determined trial, Breaker Morant is like a conventional bloke in art-house clothing—but oh, what garb he has. Beresford takes the lore of Morant and lends it a balance that at once enshrines Morant’s martyrdom, but refuses an outright act of hagiography by insisting that the gory details of his deeds, including the killing of a German missionary, be included.
September 21, 2015
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The film is arguably an actors’ tour de force, but cinematically dull. The courtroom segments betray their stodgy stageplay origins. Much of any emotional intensity generated by the use of close ups is dissipated by the predictability of the shot/ reverse shot patterns and of cuts invariably cued to changes of speaker.
July 01, 1982
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