The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

 |  Action, Comedy, War  |  1 March 1979 (USA)
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In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.



(screenplay), (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot") (as William Nagle)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ...
John Hargreaves ...
Graeme Blundell ...
'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ...
Graham Rouse ...
The Cook
John Allen ...
Lieut. Golonka
Tony Barry ...
Black Ronnie
Brandon Burke ...
John Fitzgerald ...
Intelligence Corporal
Mike Harris ...
Sergent Major
Johnny Garfield ...
Ray Meagher ...
Range Corporal


A group of Australian SAS regiment soldiers are deployed to Vietnam around 1967/8 and encounter the realities of war, from the numbing boredom of camp life and long range patrols, raids and ambushes where nothing happens, to the the terror of enduring mortar barrages from an unseen enemy. Men die and are crippled in combat by firefights and booby traps, soldiers kill and capture the enemy, gather intelligence and retake ground only to cede it again whilst battling against the bureaucracy and obstinacy of the conventional military hierarchy. In the end they return to civilization, forever changed by their experiences but glad to return to the life they once knew. Written by saturn5

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Release Date:

1 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Durch die Hölle Vietnams  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)

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The elite Australian army special forces unit that the soldiers belong to in the movie was 21 Patrol of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) which is also known by the shorter names of Special Air Service or SAS. Their motto was, like their English equivalent, the British SAS, "Who Dares Wins" and the Australian SAS outfit were based on them. Interestingly, Australian actress Judy Davis, starred in the British action movie about the SAS, The Final Option (1982), a few years later. See more »


Just before the last skirmish scene Bill and Harry observe what is supposed to be a convoy of helicopters en-route to battle. However it's quite obvious that there are really only two Huey's and one Chinook. Some slicker editing or directing could easily turn those three helicopters into a convoy resembling as many helicopters as the director required. See more »


Harry: I said 'get fucked', you great beer-sodden bag of shit!
Sergeant-Major: Right, you're all on a charge.
Harry: Well, you'd better make it murder, because I'm gonna knock your fucking head right off.
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Written by John Denver (uncredited)
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary (uncredited)
© Copyright 1967 Cherry Lane Music.
Used by Permission
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A "Must See" Vietnam war movie
2 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film 2-3 times and it haunts me still. Absolutely one of THE best Vietnam war films. It stands (in my humble opinion) right at the top of the tree above "Full Metal Jacket" and "Platoon". The attention to detail, the painstaking portrayal of military ops (endless preparation and all...), the loooooong periods of boredom interspersed with the short, frantic, terrifying engagements with the enemy... Perhaps most tellingly, the grim gallows humour of the men right at the sharp end, the men actually doing the job who in the midst of all the horror, manage to ease the stress by finding the funny side of it all. A film you don't see shown that often. If you get the chance, see it. I guarantee you will not forget it.

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