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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.


Tom Jeffrey


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ... Harry
John Hargreaves ... Bung
John Jarratt ... Bill
Bryan Brown ... Rogers
Graeme Blundell ... 'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ... Medic
Peter Drouyn ... Sergeant Johnson
Ian Gilmour ... Scott
Graham Rouse Graham Rouse ... The Cook
John Allen John Allen ... Lieut. Golonka
Tony Barry ... Black Ronnie
Brandon Burke ... Isaacs
John Fitzgerald John Fitzgerald ... Intelligence Corporal
Mike Harris Mike Harris ... Sergent Major
Johnny Garfield Johnny Garfield ... Padre


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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Everyone's got to be somewhere, and you're here, so you better get used to it. See more »


Action | Comedy | War


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This movie was filmed during July and August 1978. See more »


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 »


Sergeant-Major: You lot think you're supermen. Tin heroes, more like.
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Referenced in Never Too Late (2020) See more »


Who Cares, Anyway
Sung by Normie Rowe
© Leeds Music Pty Ltd
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An Authentic Look at How We Once Were
8 January 2017 | by russellalancampbellSee all my reviews

On recent viewing, I have been surprised by how well the film reflected upon individual Australians' involvement in The Vietnam War. It also, through a couple of monologues from old hand, Graham Kennedy, dispassionately reflected upon the ultimate futility of Australia's involvement. Perhaps its greatest strength was documenting the Australian male character of the times without reverting to a "lovable larrikins" approach. The battle scenes are done without heroics or dramatics. There is a matter of factness about the activities and reactions of the unit that makes them seem all the more realistic.The boredom, routines and irritations of jungle warfare are there as well as the odd angry shot that punctuates guerilla warfare. Loved the low-key ending which resisted taking aim at the unjust treatment of the returning vets but did reflect their estrangement as a presentiment of their future problems in readjusting.

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Release Date:

1 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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The Odd Angry Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

Canungra, Queensland, Australia See more »


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AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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