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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
Peter Drouyn ... Sergeant Johnson
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
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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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In Vietnam, the name of the game is survival. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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:

AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry: I said 'get fucked', you great beer-sodden bag of shit!
Sergeant-Major: Right, you're all on a charge.
Harry: Well, you'd better make it murder, because I'm gonna knock your fucking head right off.
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Connections

Referenced in Gallipoli: Interview with Mark Lee (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Leaving on a Jet Plane
Written by John Denver (uncredited)
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary (uncredited)
© Copyright 1967 Cherry Lane Music.
Used by Permission
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The Vietnam war, seen through Australian eyes
16 January 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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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