Exit Woodward

Monday, November 16, 2009

Exit Woodward

I was never a huge fan of British actor Edward Woodward, who passed away earlier today at age 79, but he had one of the all-time great "exit lines" in the history of movies!

Set during the Boer War, 1980's "Breaker Mor­ant" relates the fact-based story of Australia's Bushveldt Carbineers in the South African Transvaal, and the courts martial of three of its members.

Found guilty of the shooting of prisoners, Lieu­tenant Harry "Breaker" Morant was one of the officers executed in 1902, and his final words shouted to the firing squad are memorable:

"Shoot straight, you bastards, don't make a mess of it!"

The role of "Morant" was for me the high-point of Wood­ward's 54-year career, although I liked him in 1973's "The Wicker Man" a great deal.

But I loathed his "The Equalizer " television series which ran for four seasons on CBS in the latter '80s.

Still, it was a popular show which won a Golden Globe for him, and the role for which most will remember Edward Woodward.


1. HighHatSize said...

"The Equalizer" was penned as fiction but it was really fantasy. I particularly remember one episode at the end of which the Equalizer and a bunch of religious do-gooders stun a street gang into impotent submission by the force of their non-violent moral superiority. The venue being New York City, reality would have had them robbed, raped and murdered before the final credits rolled. A former girlfriend of mine was a former girlfriend of Woodward's. That was so long ago that he was still being addressed as, "Teddy".

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