The title refers to the U.S. Army's former "MOS" (job code) for a combat cameraman. The story follows a unit of American G.I.s in Vietnam, all with different backgrounds and motives for being there, through the lens of his camera.
Patrick Sheane Duncan
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
This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »
In the final scene of the film, when Harry and Bill have flown home to Australia they sit in a bar and have a beer. Through the window the Sydney skyline can clearly be seen in the distance. However, the Australian SAS are based in Perth, not Sydney and it would have been to Perth that they would have been flown home to. See more »
I said 'get fucked', you great beer-sodden bag of shit!
Right, you're all on a charge.
Well, you'd better make it murder, because I'm gonna knock your fucking head right off.
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THE ODD ANGRY SHOT is a slice-of-life war film following the misadventures of a squad of Aussie soldiers who've signed up to do their duty for their country. Australia isn't the first country you think of when it comes to the Vietnam war, so seeing it depicted through their eyes makes for an unusual viewing experience.
In any case, this is one of the most distinctly Australian-feeling films I've seen. It's packed full of that unique brand of laid-back humour and bravado, and the funny script is by far the best thing about it. That, and the fact that the cast list has been populated by future stars (Bryan Brown, John Jarratt) alongside seasoned veterans (Graeme Kennedy).
THE ODD ANGRY SHOT is perhaps one of the most realistic war films out there in depicting real life for soldiers fighting on the front line: an uneasy mixture of brief, bloody fire-fights mixed with a lot of boredom, camaraderie and attempts at entertainment. It's hardly the kind of film to set the world on fire, but it is well made and it holds the attention throughout.
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