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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 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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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

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 »

Goofs

Rank epaulettes Lt Col Townsend wore in the movie were that of a Colonel not a Lt Colonel. 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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A solid war film
14 September 2020 | by BeeeMaarSee all my reviews

There's not much wrong with this film, but don't get taken in by the hyperbole in a lot of the reviews here. It certainly isn't a 10/10, and it isn't the greatest war film ever made - it's not even close to that. It's a solid, watchable film, about a real event that means a lot to Australian and Kiwi forces.

There's some decent action sequences, although I'd credit the Vietcong with slightly better tactics than simply running blindly towards automatic weapons, which seems to be the default for most of the film. You can also have fun ticking off the war film cliches - likeable character talking about what he's going to do when all this is over - check, man in desperate situation calling in fire support on his own position - check.

If you want an independent film that might actually be one of the greatest war films ever made, I'd strongly recommend Kajaki - this really isn't in the same league, good though it is.


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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:

AUD24,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,078,370
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2.35 : 1
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