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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.

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(screenplay), (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot") (as William Nagle)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ...
Harry
John Hargreaves ...
Bung
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Bill
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Rogers
Graeme Blundell ...
'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ...
Medic
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Scott
Graham Rouse ...
The Cook
John Allen ...
Lieut. Golonka
Tony Barry ...
Black Ronnie
Brandon Burke ...
Isaacs
John Fitzgerald ...
Intelligence Corporal
Mike Harris ...
Sergent Major
Johnny Garfield ...
Padre
Ray Meagher ...
Range Corporal
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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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1 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Durch die Hölle Vietnams  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Reportedly, no location resembling a Vietnamese street nor a Buddhist temple existed in Australia so these two set-pieces in the movie required sets of them to be constructed. See more »

Goofs

When notice of their leave is posted, the PA mentions Newcombe and Orantes. These are two tennis players: John Newcombe of Australia and Manuel Orantes of Spain. Newcombe and Orantes only played each other once - in 1973 (which was after the Australians had withdrawn from Vietnam and long after the SAS had withdrawn - October 1971). During their careers, Newcombe won 7 grand slams, whilst Orantes won one. See more »

Quotes

Bill: [trying to drink a can of beer] I can't find the hole.
Harry: You could if it had hair 'round it.
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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Who Cares, Anyway
Sung by Normie Rowe
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One of the best of the Viet Nam films
16 March 2001 | by (United States) – 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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