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.
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
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 »
The APCs in the film are clearly modern M113AS4s not the M113A1s of the era which is historically inaccurate. 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 »
Utterly captivating! A display of Australian cinematic brilliance with ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) pride, resolve and storytelling at its heart.
Considering the story follows fact not fiction, the cast and crew have paid their respect to history by delivering a stellar performance.
The score is a masterclass in atmosphere and suspense whilst the special effects and sets/costume design are as authentic and genuine as expected in this day and age. These aspects rival any Hollywood blockbuster yet do not distract from the content and character development throughout this story.
You stay engaged and enthralled through the entirety of the film and without giving anything away, I'll finish with a strong recommendation to watch this soon to be popular film about an unpopular war.
I left the cinema with such pride and belief in what it means to be Australian. This film deserves its place amongst the greats of the genre.
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