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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

Writers:

Stuart Beattie (screenplay by), James Nicholas (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Fimmel ... Major Harry Smith
Toby Blome Toby Blome ... Private Bill 'Yank' Akell
Alexander England ... Warrant Officer Class 2 Jack Kirby
Aaron Glenane ... Captain Morrie Stanley
Uli Latukefu ... Bombardier Ray Ngatai
Richard Te Are ... Gunner Murry Watene
Luke Bracey ... Sergeant Bob Buick
Sean McCarthy ... Private Vic Grice
Mojean Aria ... Second Lieutenant Gordon Sharp
Ryan Hance Ryan Hance ... Private Barry 'Custard' Meller
Jordan Abbey-Young ... Private Ron Eglinton
James Storer ... Private Kenny Gant
Ben Esler ... Gunner Ken Deacon
Anthony Hayes ... Lieutenant Colonel Colin Townsend
Richard Roxburgh ... Brigadier David Jackson
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Storyline

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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Outnumbered. Outgunned. Never out of courage. See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The term, "Roger that", is an Americanism, originally from CB radio culture, and often used in military movies. However, it would never be said (or permitted, by any NCO or Officer within earshot) in the Australian Army. "Roger" is the only accepted proword. Similarly, the phrase, "I repeat", when repeating some for clarity over the radio telephone (RATEL), is not permitted. Instead the operator would use, "I say again...". This is because "repeat" is a proword used when directing artillery or naval fire (e.g "request for the same volume of fire to be fired again with or without corrections or changes") See more »

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When calling the final roll call, you can see one of the 'dead' soldiers lying on the ground blink. See more »

Quotes

Major Harry Smith: There's a thousand ways to die in a war zone.
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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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I can't stop the tears
29 August 2020 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film shows how brutal the battle is. The terrifying waste of lives is very sad. I can't stop the tears, even after the film finished. I think this is a must see film for everyone.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

AUD24,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,088,085
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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