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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.

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(screenplay), (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot") (as William Nagle)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry
... Bung
... Bill
... Rogers
... 'Dawson' / Dawson
... Medic
... Scott
Graham Rouse ... The Cook
John Allen ... Lieut. Golonka
... Black Ronnie
Brandon Burke ... Isaacs
John Fitzgerald ... Intelligence Corporal
Mike Harris ... Sergent Major
Johnny Garfield ... Padre
... 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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Everyone's got to be somewhere, and you're here, so you better get used to it. See more »

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Action | Comedy | War

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1 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Academia de Herois  »

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AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Lead star actor Graham Kennedy once said of filming this picture: "This movie shows these men enduring enormous tension and then releasing it with almost desperate exuberance. When you understand, you can appreciate why they indulge in such crazy bizarre reactions off duty. This script tells it like it is - it has been a tough shoot but it had to be - a schedule that instantly transformed my last twenty-two years routine of bed at 3am and up at noon into a horror stretch of up at 5am and into an exhausted sleep by 9pm. But what we have tried to do is capture all the incredible excitement and danger and true grit commitment that faced those guys when the chips were down". See more »

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When notice of their leave is posted, the PA mentions Newcombe and Orantes. These are two tennis players: John Newcombe of Australia and Manuel Orantes of Spain. Newcombe and Orantes only played each other once - in 1973 (which was after the Australians had withdrawn from Vietnam and long after the SAS had withdrawn - October 1971). During their careers, Newcombe won 7 grand slams, whilst Orantes won one. See more »

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Harry: I said 'get fucked', you great beer-sodden bag of shit!
Sergeant-Major: Right, you're all on a charge.
Harry: Well, you'd better make it murder, because I'm gonna knock your fucking head right off.
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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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Who Cares, Anyway
Sung by Normie Rowe
© Leeds Music Pty Ltd
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The Odd Angry Shot
15 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favourite films. It is starting to show its age, but only a little.

This was one of the first films to come out detailing the soldiers experiences of Vietnam. It was filmed in 1979 when many of the scars of Vietnam were still fresh and well before the word Vietnam became popular with society again.

Its not a story of heroics or fighting against the odds, its simply an Australian story of mateship. The humour and language is uniquely Australian so it may be a little unfathomable to our overseas friends at times :) Basically its the story of a 12 month tour of duty by a small team of SAS personnel. Unlike regular Australian troops or US Troops, the SAS would deploy deep into the jungle for weeks at a time in small teams of 4 or 5. Alone and cutoff, they were he eyes and ears of the Australian Task Force in the Phouc Tuy province. It took a special kind of man to operate in an environment like that.

The movie shows the interaction, the good natured bantering and jibes between them and above all the deep unspoken bond between them all.

Its not a traditional war movie, so don't go expecting heroic bayonet charges, or savage last stands etc Don't go looking for historical battles and events.

Just appreciate it for what it is, a story about a few blokes, a few beers, a few laughs and a few tears.


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