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½ July 23, 2007
interesting insight into the military tribunal process
½ July 23, 2007
Pretty good. I had to watch it in History.
½ July 22, 2007
works on lots of levels
½ July 17, 2007
A boring film with good performances. Not bad, not great.
July 16, 2007
The best Australian film ever made.
July 12, 2007
Almost as good as Gallipoli. It seems that war films are what we do well down here.
July 12, 2007
Legal/war drama about Australian soldiers court-martialed for political reasons who know they're doomed and give a shit anyway. Stiff upper lip and all that.
July 11, 2007
An excellent film all the way around. Deals with issues of "right and wrong" during wartime. Also deals with the relationship between Britain and the Commonwealth at the turn of the 20th Century--foreshadows Australian-Brit relations during World War One. As an Aussie friend of mine said,"It got seven Australisn Academy Awards..." so how can you argue with that?
July 9, 2007
No fantastic special effects just good, edgy Aussie drama!
July 6, 2007
One of the best War films ever. Jack Thompson is genius, Bryan Brown and Edward Woodward Great
July 4, 2007
A stately and wry monument to the victims of gross injustice.
½ July 3, 2007
jack thompson at his best!!
July 3, 2007
A great war film/legal drama about Australian Officers on trial for war crimes during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1903). Addresses some very complex moral issues about how war is conducted, still very relevant today. Fantastic leading performance by Ed Woodward.
June 26, 2007
Breaker Morant (1979) - "I think you know what to say." - Lord Kitchiner

A major world power, tired of playing games to get access to a precious commodity, invades an independent nation under false pretenses. The invasion advanced swiftly. Soon the country was occupied, but mobile insurgents using guerilla tactics kept total victory just out of the invader's grasp.

No, I'm not talking about the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

I'm talking about the Boer War (Fall 1899 to Spring 1902): The British Empire invaded South Africa (Orange Free State and the South African Republic) to gain unfettered access to the gold mines. A handful of Boer (Farmer) Guerillas - mostly Dutch, backed by Germany - fought a savage campaign to rid themselves of the occupiers, resorting to techniques that were previously unheard of in warfare. The British, shocked by the Boer's lack of uniforms, their use of field executions to avoid having to keep prisoners, and the use of civilians as a defense shield, created a special force that operated under covert battle orders that the British High Command would later deny.

The special forces answered the Boer's atrocities tit for tat and began to make headway against the Boer. The Germans, watching closely, were outraged at the execution of a priest (informant) by one of the special forces, the Bushveldt Carbaniers, lead by Breaker Morant. The Germans threatened to enter the war. The British Empire, weary of the Boer War and wary of the Germans, offered up Morant and two other officers as sacrifices to appease the Germans.

Jack Thomas, an Australian with only peripheral legal experience, is given one day to prepare a defense for Morant, an Australian hero, and two of his colleagues, one of which was Lt. George Witton who later penned the book "Scapegoats of the Empire."

"Breaker Morant" is the Australian-produced masterpiece that tells of the events that lead to Morant's arrest and his subsequent court-martial. The unfolding events, interwoven with early court scenes, are a moral bind-bender. The court proceedings were fantastic as Thomas battled gamely against the British cover-up.

An outstanding film.
June 26, 2007
One of the most gripping legal dramas I have ever seen. This film runs circles around A Few Good Men, in all aspects.
½ June 25, 2007
Three Australian soldiers are tried for war crimes during the Boer War of the early 1900s. Brilliantly-directed and acted. The "heroes" do not reflect the real characters, who were not nice people at all.
June 18, 2007
Oh, well, a slice taken from a cut loaf won't be missed.
June 18, 2007
Bryan Brown and Edward Woodward are really soemthing special. An historic Australian film up there with Gallipoli, before special effects and super violence, when it just came down to a story and your ability to act.
June 16, 2007
A fabulous film of justice and one of the few places to see Edward Woodward get to shine in a lead role as he ought to more often. A story of justice in Australia, a true story which was kept from reaching the people for years because the Australian government didn't want it getting out. If you want to be truly moved by something, watch this movie. Woodward is a truly gifted man with a voice that has moved me since I saw him in A Christmas Carol when I was young (he place the Ghost of Christmas Present), and since that day he has always captured my attention and heart, this story most of all. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
June 16, 2007
By far the best Australian Movie and the only movie based on the Second Boar War.
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