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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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Second major appearance in a theatrical feature film for Australian TV star Graham Kennedy. Kennedy's first was in Don's Party (1976) though Kennedy did apparently appear uncredited in a bit part in On the Beach (1959). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rogers: Hey Harry, we'll stir up the indigenous population when we get there, eh?
Harry: Remember what the man said Rogers. You are the Special Air Service, you are visitors to South Vietnam.
Scott: Better it's over there and not here.
Medic: What do ya mean?
Scott: That we're visitors.
Dawson: Yeah, I can just see my mums face now if old missus Wilson from next door came over for a bit of a natter and sprayed up the place with a seven-point-six-two tracer.
Harry: Scare the Christ out of your flying ducks, wouldn't it?
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Who Cares, Anyway
Sung by Normie Rowe
© Leeds Music Pty Ltd
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A great film
20 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film on tv It captures for me the feeling of Vietnam soldiers who dont want to be in a war dont know what the war is even about.

It took me years of seaching till I found a copy on VHS which think is nearly worn out. Thought provoking sad and funny the great line "Bugger all" whilst seaching the temple is totally unforgettable to me.


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