Breaker Morant (1980) Criterion Collection
In 1899, British Empire, the most powerful state in the world at time, went to war with Transvaal and Oranje, two independent republics in South Africa, ruled by Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers. The reasons for the war were complicated, but they mostly had to do with rich mineral deposits in those two countries and British plans to strengthen their hegemony over African continent. British have expected the war to be nothing more than colonial police action, but Boers proved to be much tougher opponents than anyone had anticipated.

Breaker Morant chronicles an incident in 1901 when three Australian soldiers fighting on the side of the British in South Africa were court-martialed for executing enemy prisoners. Acting under orders from British high command during a brutal guerrilla war, Harry "Breaker" Morant and his fellow soldiers in the Australian Bushveldt Carbineers exact revenge for the murder and mutilation of one of their officers by the Boers, South African farmers of Dutch descent revolting against the British in the century's first colonial war. Several Boer prisoners and a German missionary the trio believe to be a spy are killed. Because the British are aware Germany is looking for an excuse to enter the war on the side of the Boers (to position themselves favorably for access to South Africa's gold and diamond riches), the command orders the three Australians to be brought to trial as scapegoats, denying the deaths were ever part of an official but covert military policy...

Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown
Country: Australia
Genre: Drama, History, War

• Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Beresford
• New interviews with Beresford (12:34), cinematographer Donald McAlpine (8:28), and actor Bryan Brown (10:17)
• Interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004 (16:12)
• New piece about the Boer War with historian Stephen Miller (16:01)
• The Breaker, a 1973 documentary (54:53) profiling the real Harry “Breaker” Morant, with a 2010 statement by its director, Frank Shields (5:42)
• Trailer (2:31)

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:47:09 | 7.59 Gb + 3.74 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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Language: English
Subtitles: English

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