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The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ...
Harry
John Hargreaves ...
Bung
...
Bill
...
Rogers
Graeme Blundell ...
'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ...
Medic
...
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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Storyline

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

This was the first ever full theatrically released Australian film about the Vietnam War though You Can't See 'round Corners (1969) was a drama about a soldier conscripted to the Vietnam war who deserts. See more »

Goofs

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

Bung: You reckon we're doing any good by being here?
Harry: Not much.
Bung: Why not?
Harry: Because when we get home we'll be an embarrassment to our great nation, the only bastards who'll want to know about us are the silly buggers in this man's army; let's face it, we have no one else.
Bill: You mean the whole attitude has changed about the war?
Harry: Yeah, and the fact that we won't win it; we may have held the fort for a while but the Commos will eventually get hold of this place and it just stands to reason.
Bung: What about the ...
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A thought provoking work.
30 November 1998 | by (Gold Coast Australia) – See all my reviews

A really well constructed Australian film, that accurately portrays the Vietnam 'feeling' in this country. Best described as a sad thought provoking work, with some excellent and funny performances by the skilled cast. A low budget film that 'over achieves' its message.


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