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Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019)

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In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

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Kriv Stenders

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Stuart Beattie (screenplay by), James Nicholas (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Travis Fimmel ... Major Harry Smith
Richard Roxburgh ... Brigadier David Jackson
Daniel Webber ... Private Paul Large
Nicholas Hamilton ... Private Noel Grimes
Luke Bracey ... Sergeant Bob Buick
Matt Doran ... Major Noel Ford
Stephen Peacocke ... Second Lieutenant Adrian Roberts
Myles Pollard ... Flight Lieutenant Frank Riley
Uli Latukefu ... Bombardier Ray Ngatai
Anthony Hayes ... Lieutenant Colonel Colin Townsend
Alexander England ... Warrant Officer Class 2 Jack Kirby
Lincoln Lewis ... Private Kevin Graham
Ben Esler ... Gunner Ken Deacon
Christopher Sommers ... RAAF Group Captain Peter Raw
Aaron Glenane ... Captain Morrie Stanley
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South Vietnam, late afternoon on August 18, 1966 - for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened Main Force Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most savage and decisive engagements in ANZAC history, earning both the United States and South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry along with many individual awards. But not before 18 Australians and more than 245 Vietnamese are killed. Written by Martin Walsh

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A true story of ordinary boys who become extraordinary men.

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Australia

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8 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

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AUD 35,000,000 (estimated)
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Pre-production commenced in 2008 and the script was finished in 2014. At the time it was intended that Bruce Beresford would direct and Sam Worthington would play Major Harry Smith. See more »

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Iconic Australian Movie
16 June 2019 | by adamer-74973See all my reviews

I watched this movie at the Sydney Film Festival ahead of its official release. Thank you to everyone involved in making this movie. It is important that Australian stories such as this are told. The Australian values of mateship and the larrikin spirit are at the centre of this true story. If you identify as being an Australian, you need to go and see this movie when it comes to cinemas in August. I'll be going to see it again when it is officially released. It is one of those movies which leaves you thinking about it well after leaving the cinema. 10 out of 10.


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