Breaker Morant (1980)

Breaker Morant
Directed by Bruce Beresford
(number 488)

It’s a war movie where the war is told in flashbacks, framed around a court marshal – did these men in the British army (mostly Australians) kill prisoners of war without permission? Or was their permission there but it has since been rescinded so they can take the blame?

Well… what do you think? It’s an hour forty minute court movie about the Boer War.

I feel like there’s not a lot to say about this movie. I enjoyed it more than Blair’s ‘doom and goom’ warning led me to expect I would, but I also found myself multitasking a lot with it.

Does it make me love the people? It does actually. Everyone is in a shit situation, you get to know the boys on trial enough that you have affection for them, and you can see that the men on prosecution aren’t relishing their jobs.

It’s a very interesting movie but not a cheerful or fast paced one. Very old school, like watching a play more than a movie, and very talky.

Bechdel test: No… women are only shown in very minor roles, as love interests (often silent) and in the background.

Best line: “I used to hate Sundays in Melbourne, no trams..”
“Sunday was a good day for chasing a few tarts around Bathurst, everyone else was in church”

“Live every day as if it was your last, for one day you are certain to be correct.”

State of Mind:…. yes. Yes.


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