Breaker morant is a 1980 australian film about the court martial of breaker morant, directed by bruce beresford and starring british actor edward woodward as harry breaker morant and jack thompson as his attorney. Breaker morant 1980 edward woodward as harry breaker morant. This is regarded as a career high point for actor edward woodward of uk tv fame and wellremembered films like the wicker man. Edward albert arthur woodward, obe 1 june 1930 16 november 2009 was an english actor and singer after graduating from the royal academy of dramatic art, woodward began his career on stage.
Probably bestknown for his role in the 1973 film the wicker man and the american tv series the equalizer. Edward woodward is the actor who connects these two films, and in quite different roles. This song was composed for the spanishamerican war in 1898 and has been used in wars since. Breaker morant tells the story of the court martial of harry morant, peter handcock, and george witton in south africa in 1902. Henry breaker morant edward woodward is an englishman living in australia at the end of the 19th century. Achetez breaker morant by edward woodward a petit prix. Edward woodwards most popular book is brave new world. Im the idle of the barmaids, champagne charlie is my name. Lt harry morant in the 1980 australian classic breaker morant. Breaker morant bluray the criterion collection 773 1980 color 1. Breaker morant is a beautiful antiwar statement a plea for the end of the intrigues and crimes that war entails. She later organizes his seven children into an awardwinning singing group.
Based on a true story, this classic australian motion picture of injustice and the horror of war has swept the world to become one of the. Edward woodward the edward woodward album 1972 youtube. Edward woodward, the chicken farmers son who cornered the market in assassins. Buy breaker morant premium edition edward woodward, jack thompson, john waters, bryan brown, charles tingwell, lewis fitzgerald, war, dvd online now at the australian based sanity movie store. Sep 04, 2011 this video was uploaded from an android phone. Morant is in evening clothes singing to a gathering of dinner guests which includes. George whitton lewis fitzgerald are hauled before a court martial to face charges of shooting a boer prisoner, along with a half dozen more boers and a german missionary, the reverend h. The allaustralian supporting cast features bryan brown and lewis fitzgerald. To end this post as i started with edward woodward, but this time he is singing soldiers of the queen after the execution of breaker morant, the piece of film also notes that their defence advocate died in 1945. With edward woodward, jack thompson, john waters, bryan brown.
My husband vinnie and i have our team bartilucci caps on for this weeks halloween post about the original british lion 1973 version of the wicker man twm. Breaker morant is much more relevant now than it was in 1980. Qualifizierte bestellungen werden kostenlos geliefert. During the boer war, three australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting boer prisoners. Johnson and sargy gollup edward woodward, a beefy former british army regular who runs the general store, get drunk around a campfire and end up singing an enthusiastic if.
Harry breaker morant edward woodward has refused an offer to speak to a padre just before he is to be executed for killing boer pows and says he is a pagan. Breaker morant 1979 directed by bruce beresford and starring edward woodward, jack thompson, john waters and bryan brown. After graduating from the royal academy of dramatic art rada, woodward began his career on stage, and throughout his career he appeared in productions in both the west end in london and on broadway in new york. Quotes from movies questions and answers page 11 movies.
Nita national institute for trial advocacy training. Whilst mr woodward was an accomplished thespian and had acted in one or two exemplary roles, callan of course readily springs to mind as does the excellent breaker morant, one is left with the feeling that his role in the bass player and the blonde was a. His explanation we caught em and we shot em under rule 303. Sep 23, 2015 witton screams, to which morant shouts back, were scapegoats, george. Were you conscious of the drastic change in these two parts when you cast him in mister johnson. Breaker morant, australian screen education, 31, 2001. Witton screams, to which morant shouts back, were scapegoats, george. Im sure it could keep a class of college students in rapt discussion for hours, but count me out.
Peter handcock, and george witton played by edward woodward, bryan brown, and lewis fitzgerald. Africa to the battle of the bulge directorwriter samuel fullers semiautobiographical film, based upon his own wartime experiences, was his most expensive financed and distributed by 20th century fox. The film is set during the boer war in south africa 1899 1902. Kit dentons 1973 book the breaker was not the source see ross litigation for details. Oct 23, 2012 today, edward presgrave is a forgotten name in australia and namibia, but his support for the nama uprising and for one of its most successful and charismatic leaders, jakob morengo, deserves our. Shop for vinyl, cds and more from edward woodward at the discogs marketplace. Breaker morant and the melodramatic treatment of history. I enjoy edward woodward in pretty much everything he does breaker morant, equalizerheck, i even like his singing, but i just found wicker man so boring. Morant was played by edward woodward the film was released in 1980. The film takes the line that morant and a couple of fellow aussie soldiers, who had shown their willingness to use tactics as tough as those of the boers who had generally proved too wily for the english redcoats, were scapegoated by a. Australia to ask britain to pardon two soldiers executed. Director bruce beresfords mantle is also filled with awards. Harry morant in the classic aussiemade historical drama breaker morant 1980.
Like the clint eastwood film unforgiven or gwyn griffins underrated novel an operational necessity, breaker morant examines why good men do utterly evil. Edward albert arthur woodward obe 1 june 1930 16 november 2009, english stage and screen actor and singer. Though it was seen by many as amtwar vietnam allegory when it first came out, breaker morant has been revealed by time to be bruce beresfords masterwork, the late edward woodwards finest role, and one of the greatest war films ever made. Australia said today that it would tell britain that the pair were likely denied fair trials under the. Edward woodward, jack thompson, john waters, bryan brown, charles. Veteran actor edward woodward has died aged november woodward is most famous for his. Now a scapeoat, woodwards breaker morant is asked to defend his actions.
He came to wider attention from 1967 in the title role of the british television spy. He later claimed to be the son of admiral sir george digby morant of bideford, devon, and to have entered the royal naval college. Breaker morant 1980 edward woodward as harry breaker. Breaker morant original australian movie study guide bruce. Woodward first made himself known as a prominent stage actor, performing for various repertory companies throughout the british isles.
Edward woodward sings the song during the closing credits. If youre expecting a high body count, slambang action, buckets of blood and gore, and fastpaced editing of the sort lampooned so brilliantly in edgar wrights 2007 police procedural spoof hot fuzz which also happens to costar. He is told that three officers of the bushveldt carbineerslieutenants harry morant edward woodward, peter handcock bryan. The bushveldt carbineers were garrison troops, not frontline. Because in breaker morant hes a very impassioned figure, a tragic hero even, but in mister johnson, hes something of an old, racist bastard. The end sequence with the firing squad, and the coffins is masterful and when the scenes are accompanied by edward woodward singing. He came to wider attention from 1967 in the title role of the. The caliber of the rifles used by morants division. Jan 26, 2012 but what was the real story of breaker morant.
Breaker morant a horseman who made history by cutlack f m. It is also quite possible to ignore the fact it is a film, and read it as an historical document, one. The life and sad ending of curly howard of the three stooges duration. This version is sung by edward woodward born 1st june 1930 and died on 16th november 2009. The scarce first edition of the hamlyn novelisation. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images edward woodward and wife venetia with family, sons tim elder perer younger and daughter sarah. The film breaker morant was released in the year 1980 in australia. Edward woodward has 14 books on goodreads with 298 ratings. In writing the screenplay for breaker morant, he explains, i wasnt interested in. Actor edward woodward once said of his casting as harry breaker morant in this film. Butchered to make a dutchmans holiday by harry breaker morant. In a flashback, prisoners morant edward woodward, handcock bryan brown and witton lewis fitzgerald are pressed into service during a boer attack, attorney thomas jack thompson and judge charles tingwell clashing in court, in breaker morant.
Edward woodward sings the way you look tonight youtube. Edward woodward plays breaker morant, a sergeant in the beshveldt carboneers. Throughout his career, he appeared in productions in both the west end of london and on broadway in new york city. A brilliant performance in the film the wicker man 1973 eventually led to international stardom as courtmartialed lt. The main stars of the film breaker morant would be edward woodward and jack thompson. Breaker morant end title soldiers of the queen youtube. We are delighted to be joined by des latham, host of the angloboer war podcast as we examine this 1980 movies depiction of an early 1900s british war crimes trial held in south africa, little known outside australia and south africa but within those countries, a case that still resonates loudly. Edward woodward and wife venetia with family, sons tim perer and daughter sarah. This book was the basis of a film starring edward woodward.
A high point of the australian film renaissance of the 1970s and early 80s, bruce beresfords breaker morant is a magnificent dramatization of one of the most controversial episodes in australian colonial history. Author of the house of terror, one brief interval, and the clocks. Bryan brown and jack thompson became international stars for a few years after breaker morant. Track taken from the 1975 lp edwardian woodward great titlethis is one of several lps he made during the seventies proving that not only was he a fine actor but a fine singer to. One memorable scene in the film portrays a heartfelt song after a supper, and at another point, edward woodward playing the lead role of lieutenant morant is shown in a flashback singing a remarkable rendition of a poem that was actually written by morant himself, to. Edward albert arthur woodward obe 1 june 1930 16 november 2009 was an english stage and screen actor and singer. The camera cuts away to show us exactly what rule 303 is. Edward albert arthur woodward, obe 1 june 1930 16 november 2009 was an english actor and singer. Pardon me, but breaker morant was guilty the conversation. Woodward had a strong singing voice and recorded several albums of songs and poetry. Old record so a bit of noise but otherwise a high quality digital copy of the lp.
Edward woodward breaker morant music from the film illustration dalbum. The wicker man is a 1973 british horror film directed by robin hardy and starring edward woodward, britt ekland, diane cilento, ingrid pitt, and christopher lee. He arrived at townsville, queensland, on 1 april 1883. The same could be said of paradise road, his 1997 film about a womens vocal orchestra that formed in a.
Breaker morant vhs edward woodward jack thompson ive buy now. Seasinger there was a fine australian film made titled breaker morant, about his trial and execution, with edward woodward playing the title role. Born in croydon in 1930 and trained at rada, woodward was blessed with clear, perfect diction and an excellent singing voice. British actor edward woodward made a highly successful transition into hollywood stardom in the mid 1980s thanks to a popular tv dramatic series. A renowned british actor, edward woodward won critical acclaim as a stage and television performer, topselling recording artist and occasional film actor. Yet, the very success of the film in using melodramatic conventions results in a distortion of a. Griffins underrated novel an operational necessity, breaker morant examines why good. Breaker morant by bruce beresford bruce beresford, edward. A fact based movie, taken from the book, scapegoats of the empire.
One of the best dramas to emerge from australia in the 1980s, breaker morant won numerous awards and was nominated for several others. Breaker morant rule 303 a quote supposedly said by harry breaker harbord morant at his court martial in 1902, he was found guilty and shot by firing squad on the 27 february 1902, 118 years ago this week. And what are his chances now, given a new attorney general, for a very belated pardon. Breaker morant a horseman who made history by cutlack. He is told that three officers of the bushveldt carbineers lieutenants harry morant edward woodward, peter handcock bryan. With my current research into a group of forgotten participants in the boer war who lie in a small cemetery in zimbabwe, this abc news item is timely as it tells of a great find of items at a rubbish tip in new south wales which are connected to harry harbord morant, known as the breaker who is a legendary and controversial figure in the history of australia and perhaps better known for the. The us 1st infantry division the big red one during wwii, in campaigns ranging from n. Well start with breaker morant, a 1980 film directed by bruce beresford and starring edward woodward as the title character. Black and white photographic frontispiece of harry breaker morant.
Harry breaker morant edward woodward, peter handcock bryan brown and george witton lewis fitzgerald were brought to trial by the british army for their alleged crimes, found guilty of murder, and both morant and handcock were promptly executed. Australia to ask britain to pardon two soldiers executed in. Edward woodward actor born croyden, surrey, england died at age 79 best known for the equalizer tv series edward woodward, b. Breaker morant is a 1980 australian war drama film directed by bruce beresford, who cowrote. As this film was not an adaptation of this book, this published statement was incorrect as. The screenplay by anthony shaffer, inspired by david pinners 1967 novel ritual, centres on the visit of police sergeant neil howie to the isolated island of summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Overview for edward woodward turner classic movies.
Buy breaker morant on dvd on sale now with fast shipping. Oct 21, 2011 somersetborn morant the subject of the film breaker morant starring edward woodward sailed to australia in 1883 at the age of 19 and became a skilled horsebreaker. From 1985 to 1989, woodward starred as british exsecret agent and. Skyrocketing into the unknown 1954 test pilot charles chick coombs book buy now. Stir 1979 stephen wallaces film about a prison riot, which helped make a star of bryan brown. Bryan brown, lewis fitzgerald and edward woodward in the 1980 film, breaker morant. Edward woodward, the chicken farmers son who cornered the. Woodward was finally granted some attention in the states at age 55, earning his own popular series, the noirish espionage series the equalizer. Breaker morant is both an historical film and a war film, and can be read as either, both, or indeed much more than either. Australians band music baxter blockhouses bloody boer commandos boer girl boer prisoners bolton thank botha british bushveldt carbineers cape cart captain hunt captain taylor colonel hamilton command communal room cont court members courtmartial dawn day for night defendants denny major dhyhs door dutch edward escort party farmhouse feist.
Nov 17, 2009 edward woodward, a british actor with a long resume in television and theater who was best known in the united states as the star of the equalizer, a dramatic series about an exspy turned. Stars edward woodward, jack thompson and bryan brown front a protest from the past, in one of the most respected aussie renaissance features of the late 70s. Prior to his success in the equalizer, he was known to american audiences through his appearances in such films as the thriller the wicker man 1973 and the courtroom drama breaker morant 1980. Edward woodward the edward woodward album 1972, textured.1004 807 33 685 329 940 1435 264 196 711 1364 1203 54 348 507 1545 969 1142 219 485 1241 460 336 957 1565 402 731 1043 901 755 1007 1155 819 686 286 891