DANGER CLOSE – The Battle of Long Tan – review

WOW – a proper, PROPER, war movie.

From go to whoah, DANGER CLOSE – The Battle of Long Tan is all action and no Hollywood sentimentality.

Fifty-three years ago tomorrow, 108 Australian soldiers ran headlong into an enemy force of some 2000 battle-hardened and well-equipped Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers.

Magnificently supported by Australian and New Zealand artillery, and eventually relieved by armour, D Company, 6RAR, were lucky to survive.

After four hours of intense battle, 18 Australians and maybe 250 enemy lay dead on the battlefield.

DANGER CLOSE – The Battle of Long Tan crams as much action and (apparently) as much accuracy as possible into an intense 118 minutes of movie magic.

If you are a war-movie fan, with little or no knowledge of the subject – you will be mightily entertained.

Even most of you who have a good knowledge, understanding or sympathy with the subject will enjoy this great movie (especially if you can leave your nit-picking brain outside).

 

Watch my video review on YouTube…

 

View the official trailer…

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Brian Hartigan

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6 thoughts on “DANGER CLOSE – The Battle of Long Tan – review

  • 23/05/2020 at 9:38 pm
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    Nice review but you are incorrect with enemy dead. We estimated 500 had been killed and possibly up to 1000 cause they carried many of their dead away and the large number of wounded their would have been many fatalities from those. Good review but. I saw this the day I was flying out to go to war in Iraq helping the Kurds so it really does stick with me this movie

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  • 25/08/2019 at 9:51 pm
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    Never been so deeply moved by a movie. Would describe it in one word. “Visceral”

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  • 25/08/2019 at 2:17 pm
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    It was a great movie pretty aligned to the book. I really enjoyed it. Great effort by the movie makers.

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  • 25/08/2019 at 11:30 am
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    Made up voice procedure was a glaring stuff up to this nit-picker.
    HQ isn’t “zero one” but “zero alpha” and D Coy HQ isn’t “delta one” but purely “four”!
    I didn’t at any time hear the term “sunray”.
    They could have at least got that right.

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    • 25/08/2019 at 12:51 pm
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      And that word repeat. But overall a good flick.

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  • 25/08/2019 at 10:42 am
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    Absolutely fantastic movie. Am sure most people in the audience had tears in their eyes at the end.

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