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The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

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

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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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Action | Comedy | War

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1 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Durch die Hölle Vietnams  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Around the time that this Australian war movie was made and released, television personality Graham Kennedy, whose nickname was Gra Gra, had been starring in an Australian TV game show called Blankety Blanks (1977). One Australian newspaper covering this movie ran with the headline: "Gra Gra goes to war . . . But he's only firing blankety-blanks!" See more »

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During the first skirmish when Scott gets shot, the lieutenant shouts for the 203 (grenade launcher), someone answers that Mick has it and Mick is behind him. However Bill in the forward position doing the firing clearly has the 203 attached to his rifle. See more »

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[Bill has picked up a prostitute]
Prostitute: You like me?
Bill: Yeah.
Prostitute: You very big.
Bill: I bet you say that to all the heroes.
Prostitute: Come, we lie down.
Bill: No, we stand.
Prostitute: You crazy?
Bill: Probably.
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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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Leaving on a Jet Plane
Written by John Denver (uncredited)
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary (uncredited)
© Copyright 1967 Cherry Lane Music.
Used by Permission
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One of the best of the Viet Nam films
16 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Terribly underrated, and generally unknown in the US. Although the film deals with Australian troops in Viet Nam, this could very easily have been any of the US units. Any of us who served on the ground there will recognize these men as buddies we knew. The combat sequences in this film are among the best ever filmed, and until "Platoon" came along, it was one of the few films that portrayed the combat experience in Viet Nam as it really was. Like "84 Charlie MoPic", it's a small film that tells a large story without beating you over the head with its message. When people ask me which are the best films about that endless mess in Viet Nam, this is one of the first films I refer them to (along with "MoPic"). My VHS copy is just about worn out; I never tire of its grim humor and honest story. (USMC, Viet Nam 67-69)


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