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athenslife101
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Breaker Morant
Saw this last night and enjoyed it a lot.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s kinda like a morally ambiguous Paths of Glory.

Three Australians are court-martialed for murder during the Boer War. An inexperienced Australian lawyer tries to mount a defense against the kangaroo court out for blood.

It’s well acted and majestic. Some of the action scenes have some very noticeable editing issues. And the over all flow of the movie could have been tidied up a bit but none of that prevented any enjoyment.

The only thing I thought that took me out of it was I didn’t really end up feeling very sympathetic to Morant. The movie greys over a lot of what happened. I think in real life, it was a bit more blatant he went overboard from the little bit of reading I did. But at the end of the day, I do think the movie had some points it wanted to make that are a little ambiguous. It doesn’t help that the guy who plays Morant is good and charismatic but aloof.

It’s of fair note this is still a contentious issue between South Africa and Australia to this day.


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One interesting fact...

Do you remember, at the end, when Michael Caine as Breaker and the other guy were walking out to be executed, they grabbed hands? That happened in real life, but the actors didn't know that. Caine later said he did that on impulse and was shocked to find out that it was accurate.

And to this day, I sometimes say I'd like to implement "rule .303" about people I don't like.

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It’s of fair note this is still a contentious issue between South Africa and Australia to this day.


I don't know if it is so much an issue between Australia and South Africa as much as it is between Australia and Great Britain, since the action was conducted under British command, was a British court martial, and British execution. All of the way up through World War II, the Aussies often felt that their troops were used as cannon fodder for the Brits.
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re: Breaker Morant
Great movie, and it’s Edward Woodward not Caine.


TheFonz
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It’s been years since I’ve seen it. I could have sworn it was Caine. Oh well.


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It was The Equalizer. Great movie that we saw played out in the American conflict in Afghanistan. Our never ending war.


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re: Breaker Morant
What did you watch it on? I would love to see it again?

We caught them and we shot them under Rule 303.


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athenslife101
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re: Breaker Morant
Criterion Channel


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I've seen it about ten times. A very good film. The stark expressed morality of that era as portrayed is so alien to Western culture now. A different world. Great performances all around. Gets me right in the feels.


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Jamohn
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So glad to see this thread. My favorite courtroom drama of all time.


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It’s of fair note this is still a contentious issue between South Africa and Australia to this day.



It is between Australia and Great Britain.

Australia passed a law to stop this from happening again.

The problem with the movie only hints at the reality of bush gorilla warfare and that the Australia troops were the best at fighting that type of warfare.

The Australians were commanded to do what is shown in the movie, and when foreign press found out and told what was happening the British made the Australians the fall guys.

The movie left out the camps were thousands of Boer women, children and the old men were placed and would die in large numbers in the camps.

The one person (George Witton) not shot by the British would go on and write a book (Scapegoats of the Empire) on the story. The book was repainted in 1982 and only 7 original copies could be found in the Australia at that time, it appears the British had many copies burned over time when still in control down under.

The book does go into more detail and what all the British were doing to the Boers.
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We caught them and we shot them under Rule 303.
There once was a bloke from Australia
Who painted his arse like a dahlia
The colour was fine
Likewise the design
But the aroma - cor, what a failure!


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athenslife101
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Yes, but the South Africans are still pissed at the British and a Australians that the British didn’t crack down hard enough


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