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84C MoPic (1989)

R | | Drama, War | 7 April 1989 (USA)
The title refers to the U.S. Army's former "MOS" (job code) for a combat cameraman. The story follows a unit of American G.I.s in Vietnam, all with different backgrounds and motives for being there, through the lens of his camera.

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Patrick Sheane Duncan (as Patrick S. Duncan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jonathan Emerson ... LT
Nicholas Cascone Nicholas Cascone ... Easy
Jason Tomlins Jason Tomlins ... Pretty Boy
Christopher Burgard Christopher Burgard ... Hammer
Glenn Morshower ... Cracker
Richard Brooks ... OD
Byron Thames ... MoPic
Russ Thurman Russ Thurman ... Unnamed / Radio voice
Joseph Hieu Joseph Hieu ... Unnamed (Truong Nguyen?)
Don Schiff Don Schiff ... Unnamed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sonny Carl Davis ... Radio Voice (voice)
Dale Dye ... Radio voice (voice)
Glenn Plummer ... Radio voice (voice)
Mike Stokey Mike Stokey ... Radio voice (voice) (as Michael Stokey)
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Storyline

Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is being told in the form of a documentary; a camera team follows an Army unit in pursuit of 'Charlie'. Filmed in Southern California. The movie's producing company itself is called '84 Charlie MoPic'. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

84 Charlie Mopic See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$154,264
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"84 Charlie MoPic" comes from the Army Military Occupational Specialty code "84C", which was a Motion Picture Cameraman (MoPic) during the VietNam era. See more »

Goofs

LRPs, LRRPs and Force Recon marines in Vietnam communicated by hand signals and obeyed strict noise discipline. Sometimes artistic license is taken with this in films, but in this film the soldiers on long range patrol continually talk amongst themselves in loud tones. See more »

Quotes

Easy: Soon to be promoted to PFC: private fucking civilian!
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Catch the Wind
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Realistic depiction of American patrol on Vietnam
20 December 2000 | by kiph-2See all my reviews

Comparing this with my other favorite war movie, MASH, I'd call them both "naturalistic." They show humor and horror side by side, long stretches of tedium and short bursts of terror, without relying on an artificial plot or stereotyped characters. But 84 Charlie MoPic is much more realistic.

I was not in combat or in Vietnam, but I was in the Army at that time. Several of my Army friends had jobs making films exactly as shown in 84 Charlie MoPic. This is as accurate a picture of an American combat soldier's experience in Vietnam as any I can imagine. The first time I saw it, I was totally taken in, thought it was an actual documentary until the very end.

Incidentally, 84C or 84 Charlie is (or was) the code for the "military occupational specialty" of Motion Picture Specialist.


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