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Danger Close (2019)

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (original title)
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In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and 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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Cast

Credited cast:
Travis Fimmel ... Major Harry Smith
Richard Roxburgh ... Brigadier David Jackson
Luke Bracey ... Sergeant Bob Buick
Mojean Aria ... Second Lieutenant Gordon Sharp
Nicholas Hamilton ... Private Noel Grimes
Daniel Webber ... Private Paul Large
Matt Doran ... Major Noel Ford
Alexander England ... Warrant Officer Class 2 Jack Kirby
Stephen Peacocke ... Second Lieutenant Adrian Roberts
Anthony Hayes ... Lieutenant Colonel Colin Townsend
Myles Pollard ... Flight Lieutenant Frank Riley
Uli Latukefu ... Bombardier Ray Ngatai
Emmy Dougall ... Little Pattie
Lincoln Lewis ... Private Kevin Graham
Aaron L. McGrath ... Private Brian Hornung
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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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Never Accept Defeat See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for sequences of war violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan See more »

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Budget:

AUD35,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,034,844
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Trivia

It's a shame that all of the Royal Australian Air Force ranks were incorrectly used. For example, a Group Captain is constantly referred to as Captain... and that character also refers to a Flight Lieutenant as Lieutenant, a mistake that a Group Captain would NEVER make. See more »

Crazy Credits

Part way through the final credits, after showing the actors and pictures of their real life counterparts and some of the principal credits, acknowledgment of the 6RAR's Presidential Unit Citation from the USA made in 1968 but that Australia took 45 years to acknowledge the soldiers who fought in a similar way.

This is followed by an Honour Roll of the Australian Soldiers killed during this battle. See more »

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Featured in Weekend Sunrise: Episode dated 18 August 2019 (2019) See more »

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How Close? - Danger Close
9 August 2019 | by gbkimberleySee all my reviews

Very enjoyable. It stuck very close to the historical events and the realism of battle.

There isn't a great deal of character development before the action starts, which makes it more difficult to recognise them as the story unfolds, but I knew that was going to be the case though and paid particular attention to each character as they were introduced. That made things slightly easier.

I also enjoyed the end credits, with the song 'I was only 19' by Redgum, being played over the top of the photos of the real people and actors who played them. Poor bastids were all only aged between 19 and 22.

Comparing this to other movies about the Vietnam war, I would say it's up there with Kokoda, The Boys From Company C and even Hamburger Hill.

My only gripe is the title. IMHO it should have been called either Danger Close (a reference to how close the artillery shells needed to be) or The Battle of Long Tan. Not both.


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