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The Breaker

The book The Breaker was made into the movie Breaker Morant.

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Book details for The Breaker

The Breaker was written by Kit Denton. The book was published in 1973 by Pocket. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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Movie details for Breaker Morant

The movie was released in 1980 and directed by Bruce Beresford, who also directed Puberty Blues (1981), Mister Johnson (1990) and Black Robe (1991). Breaker Morant was produced by Fox Lorber. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com.

Actors on this movie include Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters (III), Bryan Brown, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Terence Donovan, Vincent Ball, Ray Meagher, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rod Mullinar, Alan Cassell, Rob Steele, Chris Smith, Bruno Knez, John Pfitzner, Frank Wilson (II), Michael Procanin and Ray Ball.

 

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Before coming to America to make such acclaimed films as Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy, Australian director Bruce Beresford made a lasting impression with this compelling courtroom drama, considered one the finest films of the Australian new wave ... Read More
Before coming to America to make such acclaimed films as Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy, Australian director Bruce Beresford made a lasting impression with this compelling courtroom drama, considered one the finest films of the Australian new wave of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Based on a true story about three soldiers in the Boer War who are served up as political scapegoats of the British Empire, the film uses a flashback structure to dramatize the courtroom testimony. It begins when the three Australian soldiers are railroaded for the justified killing of a German missionary and placed on trial for court-martial not as a matter of justice, but to mollify the German government for the sake of political expediency. Burdened with a competent but inexperienced and hopelessly disadvantaged lawyer, the soldiers realize that their fate has been sealed and the outcome of their trial is a fait accompli. Unfolding with urgent precision and a riveting focus on its well-drawn characters, Breaker Morant was the all-time box-office hit in Australia at the time of its release in 1980, and it remains one of the very best historical dramas ever made. --Jeff Shannon