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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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
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 »
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 »
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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