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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 ... 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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Details

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

MoPic: I was working in a lab, back in the rear - post-production. Sometimes we would get these cans of film in, you know? No cameraman, just the reels of film. And, we hear he got shot, he's dead or something. But the spookiest is thing is waiting for that film to develop, man, because you didn't know what you were gonna see. Sometimes you saw nothing. But other times...
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Susan on the West Coast Waiting
Written and Performed by Donovan
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Better than the Blair Witch Project
14 August 1999 | by lot49See all my reviews

This 1989 mockumentary employs a simple premise: a combat photographer known as "Mopic" (Byron Thames) accompanies an infantry squad on a patrol during the Vietnam War. We see the story through Mopic's lens. (Except for the POV, it's similar to the second half of "Full Metal Jacket.") The soldiers are often scared, frustrated and fatigued. They are trying to reach a village where a helicopter can take them out of the jungle, but they are delayed by the Viet Cong. The enemy is an unseen, menacing presence in the jungle -- until a Viet Cong soldier is captured. The actors were unknown in 1989, but Richard Brooks would later play Assistant District Attorney Paul Robinette in "Law and Order."


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