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This review is from: The Odd Angry Shot [VHS] (VHS Tape)I searched on and off for ages for this, as an expat it was hard to get. I saw it many, many times as a kid and I used to have a copy of the book. Ex soldiers my Dad knew (his RSM was a veteran) remarked on it's authenticity and accuracy and if one reads David Hackworth's views of the Australian jungle fighters, you can see their fighting methods and bushcraft shown in this film. The film portrays a different approach to waging this war on a small unit level, as was generally adopted by the Australians, instead of the large unit actions which led to large budget films such as "We Were Soldiers" & the famous "Platoon" which dipict the US approach.
The scenes dealing with the soldier's open use of prostitutes in their leave was controversial for a more conservative Australia in the late 70s (my mother was not ammused when she found out I saw such a film) but by today's standards the scenes are mild. It adds to the realism as this is a fact of life for men in such a situation.
The actors are all well cast, the young Bryan Brown plays a solid role (better than "Cocktail" for sure) and Graham Kennedy as a team leader is spot on - his accent is of the period. Along with the odd Brit and a well known but much younger Australian Soap Opera actor, they make for a cast who do the best for the film.
To top it off the dialogue is excellent and often very funny as they pass the time mocking each other and their situtation and the fight scenes are well crafted and intense.
In my view it's a classic of Australian film making and rare gem of a war film.