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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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
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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 »
I viewed this at my local cinema with no preconceptions. I'd not seen the trailer and all I knew was it was an Australian film set during the Vietnam war.
It was gripping from the very beginning and had me entertained throughout. The special effects and action sequences were on par with anything Hollywood has ever produced and the Australian accents and story resonated with me as an Australian myself.
The cinematography, music score and sound overall is impressive leaving me ducking in my seat as bullets and mortar rounds fired.
I have no knowledge on how historically accurate the film is but it does make references to the specific events that unfolded in 1966. The war servicemen who lost their lives are honoured and it portrays the ANZACS with deserving respect. I'll be recommending this film to my friends and family to see at the cinema. I hope to see it available on home movie streaming services in future to watch again.
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