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DANGER CLOSE is a visceral action drama based on a true story of young, untested boys under fire and how one man, their uncompromising company commander, learns to accept and embrace their brotherhood to finally discover who he is, and what he and his men are really capable of as they fight for their survival against an enemy force 25 times their size. In the strange, contradictory and brutal truth of war, mankind can still be capable of grace and ultimately… love.
You can also watch the critically acclaimed and award winning 2006 BATTLE OF LONG TAN documentary narrated by Sam Worthington and produced by Martin Walsh for The History Channel here - youtube.com/watch?v=8gUSq7pxux4 As at Feb 2014, it remains the highest rating program ever on The History Channel in Australia & New Zealand.
Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam – for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault, each man begins to search for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage. The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most savage and decisive engagements in Australian military history, earning both the United States and South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry along with many individual awards. 18 Australians and more than 500 enemy were killed.
DANGER CLOSE is a nail biting and dramatic exploration of war illustrating heroism, tragedy and the sacrifice of battle. It will take its place alongside war classics such as BLACK HAWK DOWN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, GALLIPOLI, BREAKER MORANT & ZULU.
Starring: Sam Worthington and an ensemble cast
Director: Kriv Stenders
Writer: Stuart Beattie
Producers: Martin Walsh, Charles Hannah, John Schwarz
Release: August 2015