“Breaker Morant” quotes

Movie Breaker Morant
Bruce Beresford directed this movie in 1980
Title Breaker Morant
Original title Breaker' Morant
Year 1980
Director Bruce Beresford
Genre Drama, History, War
Plot – In Transvaal, Boers and British fight each other. Within the English army, young Harry Morant - called Breaker - has enlisted in a special Australian unit, the Bushwell Carabiniers, to avenge a friend killed by the Boers. Morant shoots some prisoners and a German missionary, but the act is considered an abuse of power and Morant is judged by the Court Martial. He's defended by an Australian lawyer, Major Thomas, but Morant's superiors want him to be sacrificed to end the war. Breaker is sentenced to death but he becomes a national hero.
All actors – Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Terence Donovan, Vincent Ball, Ray Meagher, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rod Mullinar
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  • “Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you're sure to be right.”
    Edward Woodward - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
    [Tag:advice, living]
  • “It's a new kind of war, George. A new war for a new century. I suppose this is the first time the enemy hasn't been in uniform. They're farmers. They come from small villages, and they shoot at from behind walls and from farmhouses. Some of them are women, some of them are children, and some of them... are missionaries, George.”
    Edward Woodward - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
    [Tag:enemy, war]
  • “- Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener: Needless to say, the Germans couldn't give a damn about the Boers. The diamonds and gold of South Africa they're after.
    - Major Charles Bolton: They lack our altruism, sir.
    - Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener: Quite.”

    Alan Cassell - Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener
    Rod Mullinar - Major Charles Bolton
    [Tag:germany, gold]
  • “There once was a lad from Australia, who painted his ass like a dahlia, the color was fine and likewise the design, but the aroma -whew!- that was the failure.”
    Bryan Brown - Lt. Peter Handcock
  • “- Lt. George Ramsdale Witton: Did you write that, Harry?
    - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant: No, no. It was a minor poet, called Byron.
    - Lt. Peter Handcock: Never heard of him.
    - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant: I did say he was a minor poet.”

    Lewis Fitz-Gerald - Lt. George Ramsdale Witton
    Edward Woodward - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
    Bryan Brown - Lt. Peter Handcock
    [Tag:poetry, poets]
  • - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant: Well, Mr. Taylor, sir, so much for your damned intelligence report. "Eight Boers, exhausted" - that's what you said. "Horses with fever", you said. What do you say now?
    - Capt. Alfred Taylor: I say avenge Captain Hunt.

    Edward Woodward - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
    John Waters - Capt. Alfred Taylor
  • “- Lt. Peter Handcock: What's a pagan?
    - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant: Well... it's somebody who doesn't believe there's a divine being dispensing justice to mankind.
    - Lt. Peter Handcock: I'm a pagan, too.”

    Bryan Brown - Lt. Peter Handcock
    Edward Woodward - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
    [Tag:faith, god, pagan]
  • “- Lt. Col. H.C. Denny: Do you really believe that Lord Kitchener, a man venerated throughout the world, would be capable of issuing an order of such barbarity?
    - Major J.F. Thomas: I do know that orders that one would consider barbarous have already been issued in this war. Before I was asked to defend these soldiers, I spent some months...” (continue)
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    Charles 'Bud' Tingwell - Lt. Col. H.C. Denny
    Jack Thompson - Major J.F. Thomas
  • “- Major Charles Bolton: How did Lt. Handcock look?
    - Cpl. Sharp: Like he was thinking, sir... like... I can't think of the...
    - Major Charles Bolton: Did he look like he was agitated?
    - Cpl. Sharp: Agitated? Yes, that's it, sir. Yes, sir, he looked agitated.
    - Major J.F. Thomas: Objection. Major Bolton is leading the witness.
    - Major Charles...” (continue)
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    Rod Mullinar - Major Charles Bolton
    Chris Haywood - Cpl. Sharp
    Jack Thompson - Major J.F. Thomas
  • Leftenant Handcock, what does Mrs. Vanderberg mean by "entertained"? Did you sing to her?

    Charles 'Bud' Tingwell - Lt. Col. H.C. Denny
  • “- Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant: Cheer up. You look as if you were going to a funeral.
    - Major J.F. Thomas: Harry...
    - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant: It's all right, Major. I've had a good run. There's nothing for me in England anymore. And back in Australia, well they say if you need a couple of stiff drinks before you climb up on a...” (continue)
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    Edward Woodward - Lt. Harry Harbord 'Breaker' Morant
    Jack Thompson - Major J.F. Thomas
  • “The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations.”
    Jack Thompson - Major J.F. Thomas
    [Tag:normality, people, war]
  • “- Lt. Peter Handcock: New South Wales Mounted? What sort of a lawyer are you?
    - Major J.F. Thomas: They haven't locked me up, yet. What sort of a soldier are you?”

    Bryan Brown - Lt. Peter Handcock
    Jack Thompson - Major J.F. Thomas
    [Tag:lawyers, soldiers]