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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.

Director:

Tom Jeffrey

Writers:

Tom Jeffrey (screenplay), William L. Nagle (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot") (as William Nagle)
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Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ... Harry
John Hargreaves ... Bung
John Jarratt ... Bill
Bryan Brown ... Rogers
Graeme Blundell ... 'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ... Medic
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
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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Everyone's got to be somewhere, and you're here, so you better get used to it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Academia de Herois See more »

Filming Locations:

Canungra, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's Director of Photography, Donald McAlpine, was a news cameraman in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. 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

Rogers: Welcome to Patrol 2-2, specialists in arson, murder and drinking!
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Featured in Century of Cinema: 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 "Must See" Vietnam war movie
2 January 2005 | by lone-rangerSee 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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