This is a true story, about events during the Boer War, in South Africa, around 1902. Although starring the English actor, Edward Woodward, this is a very Australian film. Made in 1980, by the well-known Australian film-maker Bruce Beresford, it also stars Australian `regulars' Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson.
The plot centres around the court-martial of three Australian officers, commanded by Lieutenant Harry Morant, the `Breaker' of the title, named for his skill in taming horses. They are accused of killing prisoners during an action against Boer irregulars, something that they actually did, and attempt to justify as an act of war. Much of the story is told in flashback, and the action sequences, uniforms, and military procedures, are all completely authentic.
Despite a spirited defence by the officer representing the men, the High Command are determined to find them guilty, as they are trying to make peace with the Boers, and need to set an example. An interesting work, about a subject rarely filmed, with first rate performances from the entire cast.