The Battle of Long Tan (2006)

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In the gathering dusk of 18 August 1966, 108 young, inexperienced Australian and NZ soldiers are separated and surrounded, fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of ... See full summary »


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30 June 2014 | jimmbbo-799-997650
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| A well done documentary and tribute to the soldiers' courage
I am an American Vietnam veteran (1st Air Cavalry, 1967-68), and was aware of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam conflict, but this was the first movie I knew of that related their experience.

The movie is a well made, proper documentary, relating the events of the battle by the people who lived it. The story was riveting, not for its special effects, big name stars, or CGI, but due to the stories of the men who were there, the simple, factual script, and the tone established by narrator Sam Worthington, who told the story accurately, and in gripping detail.

In its own way, the Battle of Long Tam parallels the American Battle of the Chu Pong Massif/LZ Xray a little less than an year earlier, in that a relatively small force engages what turns out to be an NVA battalion size force. While the Hollywood production of that battle (We Were Soldiers Once) was certainly exciting and star studded(Mel Gibson as Col.Hal Moore) and its special effects captured the horror of battle, the people who fought that conflict tended to get lost in the production values. In The Battle of Long Tam, the stories of the men shone like stars in the night.

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