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Tom Jeffrey's classic Australian film, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT, is set in the late 1960s during the brutal war Australians shared with the United States: the struggle for Vietnam. Harry (Graham Kennedy), a hard-edged Special Air Service Corporal, meets a new company of soldiers during his second tour in Vietnam. There's the naïve Bill (John Jarratt), the easy-going Bung (John Hargreaves), the blunt Rogers (Bryan Brown), the pragmatic Dawson (Graeme Blundell), and the youthful and innocent Scott (Ian Gilmour). Because of their training as professional soldiers from Australia's toughest Army unit, these men believe they can deal with any situation. They pass the time playing practical jokes, getting into drunken brawls and humoring themselves to keep their minds off the war. But, when the first odd angry shot rings out, and an enemy mortar barrage hits their camp causing many casualties, the men realize their protective shield of humor is no defense at all against the harsh realities of armed combat.
Bonus Features:
  • New High-Definition 1080p [1.78:1] Transfer from Original Vault Materials
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Producer/Director Tom Jeffrey, Producer Sue Milliken and Actor Graeme Blundell
  • Stunts Down Under with Buddy Joe Hooker - Featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Bryan Brown, John Hargreaves, Graham Kennedy, Graeme Blundell
  • Directors: Tom Jeffrey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC6HWPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
By the time I saw this movie, I had already been a soldier with many years and a few operations under my belt. I found this movie, (which is based upon the Australian contribution to the Viet Nam War (Special Air Service)), to be the most realistic portrayal of a soldier's life on "the pointy end" in such operations. High cost, push-button wars with overwhelming advantage may currently be centre stage, but "low intensity" operations are a part of human history; 100 years ago and 100 years into the future. The tactics and technologies change, but the challenges, dangers and realizations shared by comrades-in-arms will not. (The technical advisor is also to be creditted. I would be hard pressed to find fault in any of the military methods, such as fieldcraft.) This is a well-researched and very realistic portrayal of troops in the bush.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Mach on June 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Pre-dating "Platoon" by years, "The Odd Angry Shot" does not glorify war, but explores the depth of mens souls "in" war. Many Amercans have forgotten Australia was even involved in Vietnam. This is their story.
Early on a young soldier is warned that he will be well sought after for his stories when he returns home, but forgotten when people are tired of hearing them, the stories he see's unfolding are funny, sad, somber, and grotesque, but they are part of who he will become. Don't view this movie expecting an Oliver Stone-esque movie, just don't be suprised if you become part of it. It is a great movie, long overlooked.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Topaz Pig on February 1, 2012
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film. It had a wonderful balance of seriousness and fun (a movie with the incomperable Graham Kennedy is always going to attract laughs!).

It treated the political issues around the Vietnam War in Australia with some sensitity. The two diggers who return realize that it is unlikely they will be treated like heroes, given the unpopularity of the war.

Great to see that the tactital fighting stuff was done realistically - they actually bothered to speak to the forces about how ground patrol and combat is carried out. So we had the hand signs, the command to 'break contact', and the withdrawing from the skirmish in correct formation. So many movies never bother to do these kinds of things properly - so you have police turning in to do searches without showing any ID (and not beiong challenged), masseurs who have bad manners and don't know what pettrisage is (eg in the Suite Life).
This movie at least bothered with these kinds of details, so full marks for that.

On the other hand, the 'Vietnam Jungle' looked like Australian rain forest!

Add to all that, some of the priceless humour - the chaplain was portrayed as a normal human being, and the soldier's gift to him, the wanking device, was priceless!

All in all, a most enjoyable movie which was well-balanced between the serious issues around war, and the male humour which helped the soldiers cope with the situation!

Finally, really well-cast; it was not just Graham Kennedy and a whole lot of other people that happen to get into a movie.

Not a masterpiece, but certainly above average.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mad Saints Man on May 15, 2006
Format: DVD
Do whatever you need to do to see this film. Sensational performance from all involved including the late, great Graham Kennedy. I know a vet & he indicated this was a very realistic portrail of the Vietnam war. Up there with Mad Max in my faves!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Prudori on October 30, 2013
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In a video world filled with all sorts of movies about the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia, this one about Australian commandos deployed in Vietnam deserves to be seen. Gritty feel of the grotty conditions in the field, reasonably realistic with respect to militaria and tactics, and without the wild extremes of stereotypical character personality one sometimes sees in American war flicks, current and past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By angloaust on January 12, 2012
Format: VHS Tape
quite a down to earth film .having lived in australia and in the vietnam war era
and registered for national service in 1966
however conscription waslimited only 63.000 were called up out of 804,000
and only 19.000 went to vietnam
one did meet people who had been there
one chap recalled he had drunk all his water and was about to drink
from stream when officer said dont do have some of mine
the humour is crude yet humorous
having lived there for 23 years one can identify with it
acting quite realistic
kennedy and brown top notch actors
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Steiner on July 12, 2013
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The Australian SAS in southeast Asia. More realistic than the issue American films. I would have expected bloopers rather than 203's, and had the odd M60 on a recon. The SAS often took the flash suppressors off the L1A1's, added a pistol grip to the handguard, camo'ed the rifle, and used 30 round mags. I would have expected more canteens on patrol as well. But it was a well done effort and I liked Harry alot. He was a good bloke. The CO at the end of the film had an Inglis BHP in the correct Pattern '51 holster. That was a nice touch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Sutphin on June 1, 2009
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An Australian friend of mine told me about this movie so I ordered it and glad I did. I had met some Australians in Vietnam while I was there and they seem to be pretty good Fellows. This movie shows the war from their view. The acting was good and the storyline fairly easy to follow. As with most were movies it has a lot of action that also could be seen as an antiwar movie depending on your perspective.
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