Breaker Morant

TitleBreaker Morant
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1980
AuthorsBeresford, Bruce
Running Time1h 47min
Date Released03/15/1980
DistributorRoadshow Film Distributors
Publication LanguageEnglish

Breaker Morant is a 1980 Australian war drama film on the court martial of lieutenants Harry "Breaker" Morant (1864-1902), Peter Handcock (1868-1902) and George Witton (1874-1942)—one of the first war crime prosecutions in British military history. In South Africa during the Second Boer War (1899-1902), Australian Army Lieutenants Morant (Edward Woodward), Handcock (Bryan Brown) and Witton (Lewis Fitz-Gerald) stand accused of the murders of six Boer prisoners and the assassination of a German missionary. British Commander-in-Chief Lord Kitchener (1850-1916) is determined to see the men found guilty, which he can use as a bargaining chip in an impending peace conference with the Boers.

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