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Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:42 pm

The world has lost another great of the screens. Edward Woodward, famous for his roles in The Equalizer and Callan has died at the age of 79. His family were with him at the Royal Truro Hospital in Cornwall when he died.

Woodward had been ill for several months with different illnesses, including pneumonia.

Link to the BBC Obituary for Edward Woodward: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2914603.stm

My favourite piece starring Edward Woodward has got to be the film Breaker Morant, the true story of Harry 'Breaker' Morant, an Anglo-Australian horseman, poet and soldier. Breaker Morant concerns the murder trial of three Australian Army officers of the Bushveldt Carbineers serving in South Africa during the Second Boer War (1899-1902). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaker_Morant_(film)

Married to the actress Michelle Dotrice, Woodward is survived by her and by four children.

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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:04 pm

I just saw this on Sky. RIP.  tombstone 
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:36 pm

The Wicker Man (original) was one disturbing movie...

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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:04 pm



Quoting Ferengi80 (Thread starter):
The Equalizer

I loved the opening intro to that show!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzwVsy4Oe-0

Um, don't mess with McCall?

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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:50 pm

This sucks. McCall is one of my favorite TV characters of all time. He played that role with a gritty brutality that just made it special. Woodward was incredibly accomplished generally, not just with "The Equalizer."
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:39 pm

Good bye to the Equalizer and his Jag. What a classy man.
 
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:28 am

(1980) Breaker Morant
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:00 am



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 3):
Quoting Ferengi80 (Thread starter):
The Equalizer

I loved the opening intro to that show!

When I was station in Germany in the early 1990's they where showing re-runs of that show on local television. If you think the english version is awsome, listen to it in german!

It may be a better german translation then "The Lumberjack" song.

Quoting Ferengi80 (Thread starter):
My favourite piece starring Edward Woodward has got to be the film Breaker Morant, the true story of Harry 'Breaker' Morant, an Anglo-Australian horseman, poet and soldier. Breaker Morant concerns the murder trial of three Australian Army officers of the Bushveldt Carbineers serving in South Africa during the Second Boer War (1899-1902). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaker_Morant_(film)

I understand that there are still some hard feelings about that guy in South Africa.
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:53 pm



Quoting L-188 (Reply 7):
I understand that there are still some hard feelings about that guy in South Africa.

Hard feelings in that they feel sorry for him, or hard feelings in that they think he was guilty? I expect you mean the first, as he was clearly following orders. If you follow the story through, it is clear that he was executed at the order of Lord Kitchener, in order to try and force a peace agreement. He really was a sacrificial lamb.
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:12 pm

"Breaker Morant,' to my mind, was unquestionably his best film. He so beautifully got over the 'gentle-tough' attirude that, by all accounts, Morant had himself. These two scenes remain, for me, among the best in any movie. For information, 0.303-in. was the calibre of the British service rifle at the time (and for many years afterwards); and Morant's last words are authenticated by official military records.

And it's fair to say that no-one could have played them better than Woodward. A uniquely-talented actor......... RIP:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usJvf5zsJjY
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:08 pm

Callan, The Whicker Man, Breaker Morant, 1990 (A 1977 series about an mildly but sinister Orwellian future) for me are his best roles.
And of course, Hot Fuzz!
He had plenty of work but was never really the 'star', (Whicker Man excepted, albeit with Christopher Lee and a dubbed Brit Ekland-with a body double for the nude butt shots), still he was a really good actor and by general consent, a really nice guy too. Not that common in his profession.

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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:12 am



Quoting NAV20 (Reply 9):
0.303-in. was the calibre of the British service rifle at the time (and for many years afterwards); and Morant's last words are authenticated by official military records.

That reminds me, I am looking for a firing pin wrench for a SMLE.

Which is the latter version of what he was shooting. It replaced the earlier Martini rifles firing .455, those where featured in the other great south african war movie, "Zulu"

Quoting GDB (Reply 10):
And of course, Hot Fuzz!

What was he in Hot Fuzz?

Quoting Ferengi80 (Reply 8):
Hard feelings in that they feel sorry for him, or hard feelings in that they think he was guilty

My understanding is that he is sort of a boar version of Lt. William Calley
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:41 am



Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
Which is the latter version of what he was shooting. It replaced the earlier Martini rifles firing .455

The Lee-Metford came after the Martini-Henry, L-188. It fired black-powder cartridges, and was quite rapidly replaced by the Lee-Enfield, basically a Lee-Metford converted to smokeless ammunition and with better rifling (designed by the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield, hence the new name).

At first they produced both a normal-length rifle and a shorter carbine version for use by the cavalry. Then some nameless genius had a brainwave - by discovering that 'splitting the difference' in barrel length produced a rifle that was no less accurate than the long one and short enough be carried on a horse. This greatly simplified supply/manufacturing etc., and made the cavalry a lot more effective.

Hence 'SMLE' - Short Magazine Lee-Enfield.  Smile
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:55 am



Quoting NAV20 (Reply 12):
The Lee-Metford came after the Martini-Henry, L-188. It fired black-powder cartridges, and was quite rapidly replaced by the Lee-Enfield, basically a Lee-Metford converted to smokeless ammunition and with better rifling (designed by the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield, hence the new name).

Forgot about the Metford. But the .303 did orignate as a cordite cartridge.

Actually there are about three cartidges I put in the same generation. The .303 (British), 30-40 Krag (US), and the 7.62x54R (Russian). Out of the three the Krag has the shortest military life being replaced by the 30-06 in 1906, and the .303 held out until Nato came along and everybody standardized.

Our GI's are still facing down the russian round to this day.

Bt this is a subject for another thread.

Was he the guy watching the video monitors in "Hot Fuzz?
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:14 pm



Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
Quoting Ferengi80 (Reply 8):
Hard feelings in that they feel sorry for him, or hard feelings in that they think he was guilty

My understanding is that he is sort of a boar version of Lt. William Calley

Not quite - this clip (great stuff from Woodward again) shows 'The Breaker's' (and his officers') version of events:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oee7a8CK80Y

Apologies for the scenes of dead-eye shooting with pistols at fifty yards while mounted on prancing horses - I fear they borrowed those bits from John Wayne movies........  Smile
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:32 am



Quoting NAV20 (Reply 14):
Not quite - this clip (great stuff from Woodward again) shows 'The Breaker's' (and his officers') version of events:-

That's the key point. His version of the events.

The Boars have him doing quite a bit more then that.

Another good example would be the way somebody from New York in 1880 felt about William Sherman vs. somebody in Atlanta GA.
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:29 am



Quoting L-188 (Reply 15):
The Boars have him doing quite a bit more then that.

To paraphase Mandy Rice-Davies of Profumo fame, "Well, they would, wouldn't they?"

Oddly enough, the issue is still topical:-

"A POSTUMOUS pardon for three soldiers court martialled during the Boer War including Harry Harbord "Breaker" Morant could be granted after more than 100 years.

"Fairfax newspapers say the federal government will be presented with fresh evidence today on the court martials of three soldiers that led to the deaths by firing squad of two of them, lieutenants Harry Harbord "Breaker" Morant and Peter Handcock."


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...sight/story-e6frev00-1225788384179

The astonishing thing about that story is how uncannily alike Woodward and Morant looked. Great casting in all senses......

Also interesting is the fact that the third officer, George Witton, was sentenced to life but released after only two years. In his book, he claimed that the case was politically-motivated:-

"Witton's main assertion, as indicated by the book's provocative title, is that he, Morant, and Handcock were made scapegoats by the British authorities in South Africa—that they were made to take the blame for widespread British war crimes against the Boers, and that the trial and executions were carried out by the British for political reasons, partly to cover up a controversial and secret "no prisoners" policy promulgated by Lord Kitchener, and partly to appease the Boer government over the killing of Boer prisoners, in order to facilitate a peace treaty; the Treaty of Vereeniging was signed on 31 May 1902."

http://www.bwm.org.au/site/George_Witton.asp
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RE: Edward Woodward Dies At 79

Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:50 pm



Quoting L-188 (Reply 11):
What was he in Hot Fuzz?

Tom Weaver, one of the neighborhood watch, usually sat in front of a bank of CCTV screens.

As a firearms enthusiast plenty of interest for you in the 'diverse' bunch of weapons used in the assault on the supermarket.
(Which was filmed at a 'Somerfield' brand one just down the road from me in Hounslow near LHR, it was about to be converted to the standard of the company that took it over).

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