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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
Nicholas Hamilton ... Private Noel Grimes
Daniel Webber ... Private Paul Large
Alexander England ... Warrant Officer Class 2 Jack Kirby
Matt Doran ... Major Noel Ford
Mojean Aria ... Second Lieutenant Gordon Sharp
Emmy Dougall ... Little Pattie
Stephen Peacocke ... Second Lieutenant Adrian Roberts
Uli Latukefu ... Bombardier Ray Ngatai
Myles Pollard ... Flight Lieutenant Frank Riley
Anthony Hayes ... Lieutenant Colonel Colin Townsend
Aaron Glenane ... Captain Morrie Stanley
Lincoln Lewis ... Private Kevin Graham
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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. 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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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:

$2,078,370
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Trivia

Australian Company Commanders, CSMs, Platoon Commanders, Platoon Sergeants and scouts all carried a M16. Signallers, section commanders carried Owen machine carbine. There was an M60 per rifle section. Everyone else had L1A1 SLR. The weapons in the film are correct. See more »

Quotes

Major Harry Smith: There's a thousand ways to die in a war zone.
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Crazy Credits

Many military veterans were involved in the production of this film, both as actors, extras or film crew. They are named and acknowledged in the final credits for their military service in addition to their film roles. See more »

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

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Superb new Vietnam war movie shown from another perspective
8 November 2019 | by omendataSee all my reviews

I love my war movies and this is a particularly good one but shown from the non-USA viewpoint this time.

Most people I would imagine don't have a clue that the Aussies and NZ boys were involved in the Vietnam war due to all the previous films and its been a long time since we have had another Vietnam war movie since the excellent and my favourite Vietnam war series TOUR OF DUTY was made or movies like HAMBURGER HILL and PLATOON so this is also a refreshing surprise. It also gives the viewer a bit more of the history and involvement of other nations in the Vietnam war!

Negatives - Although the characterisation is a bit lax and the acting could be a bit more intense; it seems a bit laid back at times which affects the suspense, nevertheless the movie still moves at speed, has some great slow-mo scenes similar in style to the recent superlative Russian movie T-34. The location however does not really feel like it was shot in Vietnam or any jungle anywhere but somewhere in NZ Or Aus.

Nevertheless it shows what the Aussies went through during the war and gives a real feel for the conditions and sheer terror of that war in a way that is more visceral and true to life than Platoon or any of the American variants did and if you are into your action sequences then you will absolutely not be disappointed.

I rarely give a movie more than 5/6 out of ten stars these days; if even that but this one is lifted well out of the average bracket and gets a fair 7/10 from me!


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