The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 1, 1979 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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In The Odd Angry Shot director Tom Jeffrey provides a cathartic Australian answer to Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. Australia's participation in the Vietnam War was as much of an alienating and soul-searching experience for Australians as for Americans, and Jeffrey's frank portrayal of a group of Australian volunteers casts the war in a different light from the perspective of a Cimino or Oliver Stone. The story concerns a corp of Australian elite soldiers -- the Special Air Service troops (the equivalent of the United States' Special Forces group) -- and the elite group's more pragmatic and hopeful attitudes -- whiling away the time in mindless diversions and cracking jokes. Then one of their own is killed and their feelings about the war suddenly change.

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war, allegiance, anti-war, battle [war], conflict, conscience, disillusionment, morals, pacifism, responsibility, soldier, struggle, switching-loyalty, volunteer