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Tom Jeffrey (screenplay)
William L. Nagle (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot")
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Release Date:
1 March 1979 (USA) See more »
In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Graham Kennedy ... Harry
John Hargreaves ... Bung

John Jarratt ... Bill

Bryan Brown ... Rogers
Graeme Blundell ... 'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ... Medic

Ian Gilmour ... 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
Frankie J. Holden ... Spotted Soldier
Roger Newcombe ... Lieut. Clifford
Brian Evis ... Mayberry
Rose Ricketts ... Nurse
Chuck McKinney ... 1st Marine
Freddie Paris ... 2nd Marine
Sharon Higgins ... Bill's Girl
Joy Westmore ... Bill's Mum
Brian Wenzel ... Bill's Dad
Brian Anderson ... Barman
Sarah Lee ... Bar Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Burns ... Guest at Party (uncredited)

Max Cullen ... Warrant Officer (uncredited)
Tim Page ... P.O. Corporal (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Jeffrey 
Writing credits
Tom Jeffrey (screenplay)

William L. Nagle (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot") (as William Nagle)

Produced by
Tom Jeffrey .... producer
Sue Milliken .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Carlos 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography) (as Don McAlpine)
Film Editing by
Brian Kavanagh 
Production Design by
Bernard Hides 
Set Decoration by
Bill Malcolm 
Costume Design by
Anna Senior 
Makeup Department
Deryck De Niese .... makeup creator
Production Management
Sue Milliken .... production manager
Ralph Storey .... unit manager (as Ralph Story)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve E. Andrews .... second assistant director (as Steve Andrews)
Tony Bowman .... second assistant director
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bruce Barber .... property master
Caroline Duffy .... assistant art director
Bill Howe .... construction manager
Clark Munro .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Don Connolly .... sound recordist
Peter Fenton .... mixer
Dean Gawen .... sound editor
Shirley Kennard .... assistant sound editor
Paul Maxwell .... sound editor
Ted Otton .... assistant sound editor (as Ted Ötton)
Joe Spinelli .... boom
Phil Judd .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brett Nolen .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Grant Page .... stunts performed by
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Burr .... focus puller
Rod Hinds .... clapper/loader
Grahame Litchfield .... assistant grip (as Graham Litchfield)
Graeme Mardell .... key grip (as Graham Mardell)
Peter Moloney .... electrics
John Seale .... camera operator
David Williamson .... stills
Rob Young .... gaffer (as Robbie Young)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Graham Purcell .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative matching
John Mandelberg .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ashley Irwin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Su Armstrong .... production coordinator
Kevin Brooks .... title design
Carolynne Cunningham .... producer's secretary
John Faithful .... location catering (as John Faithfull)
Treisha Ghent .... production accountant
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Buddy Joe Hooker .... special fight adviser
Caroline Stanton .... continuity
Geoff Tanner .... unit runner

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92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Norway:16 | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1994) (2008) | West Germany:Not Rated

Did You Know?

William R. Nagel was the author of this movie's source novel, 'The Odd Angry Shot'. Nagel didn't write the screenplay for this film, Tom Jeffrey did, but Nagel did write the film script for two other movies, and they were also both war films. These pictures were Death of a Soldier (1986) (about a World War II incident and legal case) and The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989), the latter also being a movie about the Vietnam War.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Rogers:Welcome to Patrol 2-2, specialists in arson, murder and drinking!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) (TV)See more »
Who Cares, AnywaySee more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Could Have Done With A Bigger Budget, 20 March 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

I first saw THE ODD ANGRY SHOT in the early 1980s when my knowledge of the Vietnam war was very little and my knowledge of Australian involvement was zero . It also has the distinction of being - Apart from THE GREEN BERETS so that doesn`t count - the first feature film I saw to be set around the conflict of the Vietnam war which was fortunate because this low budget Aussie film doesn`t hold up very well compared to the big budget Hollywood productions of the 70s and 80s . For example the locations resemble the bush of Northern Australia rather than the jungles of Indo -China , that`s probably because this film was indeed filmed in Northern Australia , and the fact that Australia has such a small pool of actors means some of them are unconvincing as SAS soldiers , namely Graham Kennedy .

I wholeheartedly defend this film for not having massive battle scenes because that wasn`t actually the role of the Aussie SAS in Vietnam . Based in the province of Phouc Tuy about 70 kilometres South East of Saigon the regiment`s role was intelligence gathering , reconnaissance and identifying VC guerrillas in supposedly " friendly territory " , in other words their missions were totally different from the way the American military decided to fight the war ; ie as a conventional conflict . Though it should be pointed out THE ODD ANGRY SHOT goofs that several SAS soldiers died in the conflict , in reality the SAS lost their one and only trooper in a firefight in January 1967 .

Not to be totally negative the film makes the poignant and all too real statement at the end that instead of treating its former servicemen as heroes - Whatever the rights and wrongs of a war - no one will care because " They`re more interested in what`s happening on Coronation Street " . How true . How bitterly unfairly true

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