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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ...
Harry
John Hargreaves ...
Bung
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Bill
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Rogers
Graeme Blundell ...
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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soldier | vietnam | mortar | beer | crying man | See more »

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Action | Comedy | War

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1 March 1979 (USA)  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Controversy arose in Western Australia when this movie was selected to screen at a Western Australian Royal Gala Premiere Screening in Perth for Prince Charles as part of his 1979 Royal Visit to Western Australia for its Sesquicentenary (150th) Anniversary Birthday celebrations. Then state premier Sir Charles Court canceled the event due to grave concerns over the film's use of offensive language (too many four-letter words) and nudity. In the Western Australian parliament, the then leader of the opposition said that Western Australia had been made a laughing-stock due to a 67 year-old politician [Court] stopping a 30 year old prince from watching a film that was classification approved for old audiences 15 years old and above. See more »

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In the final scene of the film, when Harry and Bill have flown home to Australia they sit in a bar and have a beer. Through the window the Sydney skyline can clearly be seen in the distance. However, the Australian SAS are based in Perth, not Sydney and it would have been to Perth that they would have been flown home to. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Hey Cookie, do you know why they call cooks fitters and turners?
The Cook: No, why?
Harry: 'Cos you fit food into pots and turn it into shit.
The Cook: Up your arse!
Harry: Uh, be nice to me Cookie or I'll piss in your scrambled egg.
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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Leaving on a Jet Plane
Written by John Denver
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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