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The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, War | 1 March 1979 (USA)
In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.

Director:

Tom Jeffrey

Writers:

Tom Jeffrey (screenplay), William L. Nagle (adapted from the novel by: "The Odd Angry Shot") (as William Nagle)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Kennedy ... Harry
John Hargreaves ... Bung
John Jarratt ... Bill
Bryan Brown ... Rogers
Graeme Blundell ... 'Dawson' / Dawson
Richard Moir ... Medic
Ian Gilmour ... Scott
Graham Rouse Graham Rouse ... The Cook
John Allen John Allen ... Lieut. Golonka
Tony Barry ... Black Ronnie
Brandon Burke ... Isaacs
John Fitzgerald John Fitzgerald ... Intelligence Corporal
Mike Harris Mike Harris ... Sergent Major
Johnny Garfield Johnny Garfield ... Padre
Ray Meagher ... Range Corporal
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Storyline

A group of Australian SAS regiment soldiers are deployed to Vietnam around 1967/8 and encounter the realities of war, from the numbing boredom of camp life and long range patrols, raids and ambushes where nothing happens, to the the terror of enduring mortar barrages from an unseen enemy. Men die and are crippled in combat by firefights and booby traps, soldiers kill and capture the enemy, gather intelligence and retake ground only to cede it again whilst battling against the bureaucracy and obstinacy of the conventional military hierarchy. In the end they return to civilization, forever changed by their experiences but glad to return to the life they once knew. Written by saturn5

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Everyone's got to be somewhere, and you're here, so you better get used to it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Academia de Herois See more »

Filming Locations:

Canungra, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD 600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Michael Carlos once said of scoring this film with two songs written by other artists: "I have never tried to work music into a film which was not mine. Fortunately, they are both strong songs and I like them very much. They reflect not only that period of the 60s, but also have an up to date relevance". See more »

Goofs

Just before the last skirmish scene Bill and Harry observe what is supposed to be a convoy of helicopters en-route to battle. However it's quite obvious that there are really only two Huey's and one Chinook. Some slicker editing or directing could easily turn those three helicopters into a convoy resembling as many helicopters as the director required. See more »

Quotes

Bung: You reckon we're doing any good by being here?
Harry: Not much.
Bung: Why not?
Harry: Because when we get home we'll be an embarrassment to our great nation, the only bastards who'll want to know about us are the silly buggers in this man's army; let's face it, we have no one else.
Bill: You mean the whole attitude has changed about the war?
Harry: Yeah, and the fact that we won't win it; we may have held the fort for a while but the Commos will eventually get hold of this place and it just stands to reason.
Bung: What about the ...
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Connections

References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Cares, Anyway
Sung by Normie Rowe
© Leeds Music Pty Ltd
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A great film
20 December 2001 | by chrisvh98See all my reviews

I first saw this film on tv It captures for me the feeling of Vietnam soldiers who dont want to be in a war dont know what the war is even about.

It took me years of seaching till I found a copy on VHS which think is nearly worn out. Thought provoking sad and funny the great line "Bugger all" whilst seaching the temple is totally unforgettable to me.


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