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Henry Martini15 Oct 2018 11:58 p.m. PST

In 1979, by some bizarre coincidence, two films about two different British late 19th century colonial wars in South Africa were released. By an even more bizarre coincidence*, both films feature the same line of dialogue.

1. What are the two movies (easy)?

2. What is the line of dialogue (harder)?

*… or a knowing inside joke on the part of one of the two scriptwriters?

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2018 4:18 a.m. PST

1. Zulu, Khartoum
2. No idea

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

1. Zulu, Zulu Dawn

2. Don't know

Barry S16 Oct 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

1. Zulu Dawn, Breaker Morant

2."Shoot straight you B******DS!"

Henry Martini16 Oct 2018 6:10 a.m. PST

And the blue ribbon goes to… Barry S.! Very well done to you, sir!

I do hope I didn't cause you to rewatch both movies, Barry… actually, is that such a bad thing?

My memory might have let me down a little: most online sources have 'Breaker Morant' as having been released in 1980.

Old Wolfman16 Oct 2018 6:27 a.m. PST

To which he added ,"Don't make a mess of it!"

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2018 9:43 a.m. PST

still need to watch Breaker Morant

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

Oh! Love Breaker Morant!

Dennis16 Oct 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

Rule .303.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2018 4:19 p.m. PST

thumbs up

Henry Martini16 Oct 2018 6:26 p.m. PST

Two more interesting facts about Morant:

1. The film 'Breaker Morant' was filmed in South Australia, which it just happens is where Morant was living and working when he first enlisted for the Boer War… in the South Australian Mounted Rifles.

2. Morant was married to another very controversial figure of Australian History, the 'anthropologist' Daisy Bates, who had changed her name (born Margaret O'Dwyer) and reinvented herself on emigrating from Ireland. Some believe that it was her penchant for fluid personal identity and her influence that caused Harry Harbord Morant to take on that name and identity (he was born Edwin Murrant).

Yes, you very much need to watch 'Breaker Morant', Jim but excellent though it is, remember that it's a movie based on a play. Having read about revelations concerning the Morant case since the film was released I'd say that the main problem was that many other members of the Bush Veldt Carbineers should have suffered the same fate.

Barry S18 Oct 2018 5:49 p.m. PST

I recently re-watched Zulu Dawn and I have little scene modelled on the Private Story and the young bugler part in the movie so I was very familiar with it.

As for Breaker Morant, as a child I was told that Morant was some how related to the family. No idea if it's true but, when the movie came out I watched it more than a few times.

Some years later I learned that a friends older brother played the part of one of the Boers in the movie, so time for a couple more viewings.

And I recently bought a 2 disc version of the film, but I am yet to watch it and the bonus features yet.

I also thought the film was released in 1980.

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