South Vietnam, late afternoon on August 18, 1966 – 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 Main Force Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer – and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most savage and decisive engagements in ANZAC history, earning both the United States and South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry along with many individual awards. But not before 18 Australians and more than 245 Vietnamese are killed.

Also Known As: Long Tan, Опасная близость: Сражение при Лонгтане, Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, Danger Close, Danger, Perigo Iminente

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  • peristera-skabentzou
    peristera skabentzou

    Commemorated Vietnam Veterans Day ( Long Tan Day ) yesterday 18th August by seeing this movie with our 83 year old Dad. Deeply moving, exceptional film. This movie should be in every Secondary school curriculum throughout Australia / NZ to enable generations to come to understand and never forget these incredibly brave diggers and the history of this horrific battle. LEST WE FORGET

  • brandon-mason
    brandon mason

    First time in my life I have spoken aloud in a movie as I was so engaged with this film. The realism, the directing, the acting, the cinematography, the script all first class.It’s a must see for anyone who lived through the Vietnam war from afar not to mention actually there and fighting. I cheered, I cried and I yelled. Go see it, it’s so worthwhile.

  • ana-vitoria-rezende
    ana vitoria rezende

    Everybody involved with this movie should be very proud of themselves! You have achieved what I thought may be impossible. This movie does justice to the brave soldiers on both sides of this battle. I watched it with my wife (Kenneth “Bing” Gant’s great niece) and I am not ashamed to say we shed a few tears for her brave great uncle! and all those heroes who died that tragic day. There was absoulte silence in our theatre until the credits finished. As a movie it will blow your mind. Anyone complaining about tiny inaccuracies and what not aren’t seeing the big picture. These blokes names are being spoken about again (after all these years) and remembered as the heroes they truly deserve to be. Hearing role call at the end will give any Aussie goosebumps! I have waited a very long time to see such an important part of our history done on the big screen. Long before I married into a family with such a close connection to this tragic and inspiring day in our country’s history I was amazed, inspired, devastated by the losses and the bravery shown on both sides of the battle! They have succeeded in making a movie that honours all those who fought, those who died on both sides, those who had to live with the loss of their mates (unfathomable to me) and those who didn’t come home to the heroes reception that they truly deserved. Australia should probably not have been involved (like pretty much every war we’ve ever been in) but we were there and if this movie does anything I really hope it gives our countries a new found respect for our Vietnam veterans! RIP Kenneth Gant, and his 17 mates. We are in your debt! Peace!

  • samantha-henson
    samantha henson

    An Australian masterpiece that captures the brutality of war and the essence of comradeship.

  • nowne-adamyants
    nowne adamyants

    What a moving and breathtaking piece of cinema. I was amazed how well the movie was made – in a shoestring too. Uniforms and equipment were very authentic snd the performances were outstanding. Highly recommended for a period of military history that is under represented in Australia. Hope to see more such incredible movies.

  • brent-kennedy
    brent kennedy

    Great to see a movie which shows what Australian and New Zealand soldiers experienced in Vietnam.

  • dragica-petrovic
    dragica petrovic

    Having watch the movie, no one in the theatre actually got up part way through to use the facilities, so gripping was the story.The fact that there is historical importance behind this movie, only lends it more to how much of an iconic Australian war movie this will be.The acting is spot on, the realism of the sets tends to bring you into the movie itself and the way it has been directed makes you feel like you are in the thick of the action, without holding back any punches of the actuality of what happens.This movie is a must watch.

  • albina-kramberger
    albina kramberger

    Well it says in in my title, really ‘enjoyed’ the film, a great tribute to all the soldiers who served in Vietnam, who knows what would have happened if communism had gone beyond S.E. Asia? I’ve never experienced being in a cinema when a film ends and everyone remains seated and silent in tribute as photos and names scrolls on the screen. Acting was very realistic and raw, this was not a group of leading actors from Hollywood, this felt real and dirty, I’m sure people will pick at the cinemaphotography and editing and sound etc, but as a non expert I thought it was good. Would love this film to get awards, but probs not, it’s Australian! I’m guessing people in the USA will struggle with the accents.

  • oliver-smith
    oliver smith

    Went and saw this not being a fan of war movies, (despite the biggest respect for our armed forces). When I heard it went for almost 2 hours I also had low expectations, thinking it would be another drawn out saga. How wrong I was… this movie was amazing. From the start it grabbed my attention and the 2 hours flew by. It felt so real, having been to Long Tan as a child of a Vietnam Vet I knew the history but this movie made it so real, it was so heart wrenching and realistic and I feel so proud of the men that fought on that day. You must watch this movie 🙂

  • zivile-butkus
    zivile butkus

    Very enjoyable. It stuck very close to the historical events and the realism of battle.There isn’t a great deal of character development before the action starts, which makes it more difficult to recognise them as the story unfolds, but I knew that was going to be the case though and paid particular attention to each character as they were introduced. That made things slightly easier.I also enjoyed the end credits, with the song ‘I was only 19’ by Redgum, being played over the top of the photos of the real people and actors who played them. Poor bastids were all only aged between 19 and 22.Comparing this to other movies about the Vietnam war, I would say it’s up there with Kokoda, The Boys From Company C and even Hamburger Hill.My only gripe is the title. IMHO it should have been called either Danger Close (a reference to how close the artillery shells needed to be) or The Battle of Long Tan. Not both.

  • erna-rozitis
    erna rozitis

    ‘Danger Close: The Battle For Long Tan’ is a Queensland-filmed Vietnam War film from the director of ‘Red Dog’. Queensland does a good job of standing in for the Vietnamese jungle, as about a third of the film is during rain – realistic. It’s 1966 and a bunch of mostly conscripted ANZAC soldiers – Delta Company – are sent into a rubber plantation to fight a potential Viet Cong attack on their base. Led by Major Smith (Fimmel), the film shows all aspects of the battle – headquarters, helicopters, artillery, and the chaos on the ground.While it’s hard to focus on all 100 or so ANZAC soldiers, we do get to know a few – along with Major, there’s Private Large (Webber), Sergeant Buick (Bracey) and Lieutenant Roberts (Peacocke), and back at base is Brigadier Jackson (Roxburgh) and Lieutenant Colonel Townsend (Hayes). Interesting to see some dissention in the ranks when there’s lives on the line and what the soldiers do for each other. The film does well to establish a bit of “normalcy” at the base, before the troops are thrown into battle.The main feeling I’m left with after watching this film is gratefulness – the fact that these men (mostly 19-22) had to go to a place they knew almost nothing about to fight an essentially pointless war and see so much death. This film is an exceptional piece of filmmaking, with silence, score, lighting, overhead and slow-motion used expertly to raise tension, anticipation and action at all the tight times. The acting is good and the film flies by. Definitely rewatchable – up there with ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.

  • tina-brown
    tina brown

    Thanks to the producers who found a path to make this movie. In most cases it is honest to the battle and the characters involved, except for the kiwi Forward Fire Controller CAPT Morrie Stanley, and his bombardiers who were kiwis and did an incredible job calling in fire. Harry Smith the Company Commander, Jack Kirby the CSM, Bob Buick PLSGT 11 PL, were all shown in their roles as leaders during the phases of battle. The production does a good job representing the initial contact and decimation of 11PL, through to the company consolidating with their wounded. 108 holding off an enemy force of 2000 for four hours, low on ammunition and defending their wounded until extracted by APCs. The actors are realistic in their roles and portray the professional soldiers and conscripts with respect. As an ex infantryman I am proud of the exploits of Delta Company 6RAR and their attachments. The Battle of Long Tan is a battle honour of the Royal Australian Regiment and this movie, the cast and the production crew do justice and honour to the battle, the casualties and the remaining survivors of the battle. Thank you, well done to all involved.

  • bernardo-aleman-corrales
    bernardo aleman corrales

    I have been looking forward to this movie for a long time and it did not disappoint. I believe the same applied for all in the cinema watching with me. The movie didn’t waste time with backgrounds or explanations but got straight into the action. And yet we did learn about the characters, some hopes, some aspirations, some dreams and a great many friendships. Nothing was forced and the audience was treated like adults who were paying attention. There were minor historical inaccuracies but mainly to allow for the storyline, after all they were filming a movie not a documentary. It was 1966, very early in Australia and New Zealand’s participation in the Vietnam War. The base, Nui Dat, still looked relatively newly built, the officers and men were still using different weaponry, M-16s for the Officers, NCOs and Scouts while the riflemen used SLRs but this was addressed when Harry Smith asks Pte Large how he likes his SLR and, after the ammo drop, the men are instructed to seperate the different ammunition. It didn’t have to be explained to the audience and some may not have registered those details but I sure appreciated them. Knowing that Pte Large would die made it very hard to watch him through the movie but he was beautifully bought to life and became someone I so wanted to survive not a cliche that he perhaps could have been in the hands of a lesser Director. I know there were Australian and US Artillery but the focus on the New Zealand artillery was just right. Perhaps the only niggle I had was Morrie Stanley’s accent sounding more Australian than Kiwi. But he did spend a lot of time in Australia so I don’t know what his accent was like in real life…it was just something that ran through my head while watching. The cinematography was beautiful. The Vietnamese actors and stunt people were amazing. The music did just what music is supposed to do, compliment not distract. The explosions looked real, no additional Hollywood petrol needed. And Redgum’s “I was only 19” played, in full, while showing the photos bought me undone.This is an amazing movie and please, do yourself a favour, go see it and then tell everyone you know to go see it too.

  • maie-mikk
    maie mikk

    As a retired Australian Army Officer who trained for the type of battle depicted in this story and having been trained by several of those depicted in this movie, I found Danger Close to be both technically and historically correct. Any student of the Battle of Long Tan will relate to this film. It takes you there and makes one feel that they are really at the scene of the battle. I was impressed by how the film portrayed several incidents which actually happened. While this is a dramatisation I found that it was handled well. It gives one the sense of understanding of what actually happened. This is a landmark production for Australia. It is a film that tells the story, a story which many Australians have heard about but don’t understand. I came away feeling deeply moved and will be going back to see it again. I highly recommend it. Truly a story that has to be seen.

  • filip-aanei
    filip aanei

    I saw Danger Close on the night of its release with two other Army Vets. The audience wasn’t huge but that was to be expected given the lack of general publicity for the film. Nonetheless there were a good number of people there, many of whom were obviously Vets.Aside from a few relatively minor military inaccuracies the movie was excellent. I was for some years, a volunteer guide at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum and as such I thought I was very familiar with the events surrounding the Battle, however the movie did reveal a number of things of which I was unaware. None of which I’ll outline here for fear of spoiling it for others.I think the most telling thing on the night was the simple fact that not a sound was made, no muttering/murmmering/fidgeting, not even a single cough from the moment the initial credits rolled until the very last of the final credits ended.Be warned though. If you’ve served in any military this movie may throw some triggers at you. It pulls no punches in the combat scenes.This movie should be part of every high school carricuulum.

  • alexis-zimmerman
    alexis zimmerman

    Simply fantastic movie from start to its respective and tear jerking ending. Producers and cast have done a brilliant job of telling a story historically correct true blue Aussie story that absolutely works on the big screen.

  • isabella-da-mota
    isabella da mota

    This isn’t the regular Vietnam War movie. It does not look at the war with the benefits of today’s moral lenses, nor does it have to.It’s about Australia’s biggest battle in the Vietnam’s conflict. Long Tan.At that time, (’66) the Prime Minister won an emphatic electoral victory because of his support of LBJ and sending troops to Vietnam. Unlike the U.S, the domino affect was a really regional concern for Australians.The story follows a Company (Delta) from 6 Royal Australian Regiment based in Nui Dat, Southern Vietnam, led by the precocious Major Smith. Time isn’t wasted filling in backstory. Character development is forged through battle and you only get to know the major characters until after the first shots are fired – the wait isn’t that long.The one thing that stood out for me in this flick was the professionalism of the soldiers. As a veteran myself, I thought their fire and movement, weapon handling skills and the battlefield choreography was one of, if not, the best I have seen on film yet. One watches Platoon or Hamburger Hill and you have no idea what’s going on. In this film, you see them doing fire and movement, Tactical withdrawal and the overriding mechanisms of training when the proverbial hits the fan.It is unique in many ways. It is not the traditional Vietnam War flick. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other then the telling of a story that has largely been forgotten for over 40 years. A must see.

  • victoria-rocha
    victoria rocha

    As a young veteran I can say that this movie is as close as any film you will see in terms of its accurate portrayal of real tactics and action scenes. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole way and it goes to show that Australians can make outstanding war films. It is not a glorification of war nor an exaggeration of the Australian heroics but instead shows that they hung in there and barely survived the whole ordeal. This film holds its own against any war movie ever made.

  • hannah-leene
    hannah leene

    Just came home from watching Danger Close and this is one of the best and most authentic war movies I have ever seen. Danger Close had everything a war movie must have but most of all it was its authenticity almost nothing was exaggerated as having a family friend who died at Long Tan I have researched the battle extensively including the military politics that was associated with the battle and the reason the deeds of the soldiers involved were not presented to the public for decades. The script, the filming and the presented tension of the battle made this one right up there with Saving Private Ryan. Don’t miss it it’s a gem.

  • amalija-blatnik
    amalija blatnik

    Utterly captivating! A display of Australian cinematic brilliance with ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) pride, resolve and storytelling at its heart.Considering the story follows fact not fiction, the cast and crew have paid their respect to history by delivering a stellar performance.The score is a masterclass in atmosphere and suspense whilst the special effects and sets/costume design are as authentic and genuine as expected in this day and age. These aspects rival any Hollywood blockbuster yet do not distract from the content and character development throughout this story.You stay engaged and enthralled through the entirety of the film and without giving anything away, I’ll finish with a strong recommendation to watch this soon to be popular film about an unpopular war.I left the cinema with such pride and belief in what it means to be Australian. This film deserves its place amongst the greats of the genre.

  • richard-pitts
    richard pitts

    Australia has its own Steven Soderberg and Michael Winterbottom in Kriv Stenders. A director always on the go, taking on any genre from low to high budget and from art house to commercial hits. In Danger Close, (the battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War), he creates a war film that plays on many levels, and this is my short twisted take on it, (with possibly some minor spoilers).I felt like I was one of the soldiers in this battle because from the word go you are thrown into the chaos that is relentless, feeling the intensity that the soldiers had to endure. Yeah, I know I was in the comfort of the cinema, but the movie took over my senses with the haunting battle sounds, confronting images of impeding death and performances that drew you into the characters heart of darkness moment.There were no laborious introduction scenes to characters outside the battle. The scriptwriters were clever enough to develop the characters during the lead up and the battle itself. Along the way they added small character revelations that made them humane and fragile. The most important factor was TRUST. Without it you would not follow your commander into battle. For Major Harry Smith it was trust that he had to gain from his young troops who at certain times had their doubts. Even trust of the artillery in the backline, firing heavy rounds that sometimes got to “danger close”. But what I admired the most was the stance that some of the officers took in defying orders from above. Part of the larrikin Aussie attitude that saved many a life in the battle of Long Tan. (If only today we took that same ballsy attitude against certain politicians and their dumb ideas then this could be a better world.)Hearing Travis Fimmel with an Aussie accent was a treat. Cast perfectly as Major Harry Smith, the unassuming hero of this brutal battle. And whenever Daniel Webber (Private Paul Large) came up on screen, I couldn’t help but think of Sam Bottoms who played Lance in Apocalypse Now. Same demeanour (without being stoned!) and they almost came off as twins.A top Australian production on all levels that is worth seeing on a decent large screen with big sound.

  • nikol-kadlecova
    nikol kadlecova

    I viewed this at my local cinema with no preconceptions. I’d not seen the trailer and all I knew was it was an Australian film set during the Vietnam war.It was gripping from the very beginning and had me entertained throughout. The special effects and action sequences were on par with anything Hollywood has ever produced and the Australian accents and story resonated with me as an Australian myself.The cinematography, music score and sound overall is impressive leaving me ducking in my seat as bullets and mortar rounds fired.I have no knowledge on how historically accurate the film is but it does make references to the specific events that unfolded in 1966. The war servicemen who lost their lives are honoured and it portrays the ANZACS with deserving respect. I’ll be recommending this film to my friends and family to see at the cinema. I hope to see it available on home movie streaming services in future to watch again.

  • josef-stastny
    josef stastny

    Went to the first public screening at the Sydney Film Festival tonight with members of my family and sat in the front row in a packed cinema. Director Kriv Stenders has taken a big undertaking in telling this highly recognised Australian and New Zealand battle of the Vietnam War that has however been long overdue in getting a major screen treatment. He has succeeded brilliantly. The film’s relentless action and attention to detail are mixed in with moving scenes of young conscripts and volunteer soldiers grappling to stay alive in order to return to their loved ones at home. Much like Peter Weir’s Gallipoli the mateship ethos shines in this movie. However, unlike that film, most of Danger Close concentrates on the battle itself, and what a technically amazing film it is in presenting and creating a visceral and tense atmosphere for the audience.The performances are excellent all round but particular mention must go to Daniel Webber as Private Paul Large, his moving portrayal of a young conscript struggling and battling courageously to help his mates and himself survive, while looking forward to returning home to his fiance and family is brilliant. As noted earlier the action in this film is relentless, from start to finish, however it never ignores the humanity and futility of war through the loss of life of many young soldiers. The roll call of ANZAC soldiers who died in the battle, noted at the end of the film with their ages, makes that abundantly clear. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • filiz-trub-wiek
    filiz trub wiek

    I had high hopes for this movie, retelling this famous battle of the Vietnam War. I had previously seen the excellent documentary by Red Dune Films, and was expecting that this film would draw largely from it. However, this is a film and not a documentary, built around the experiences of the main characters, underscored by a brilliant sound track. The action sequences were about the best I’ve seen for a war movie. The ending is very moving. I’m glad I took the opportunity to see the pre-release at the Sydney Film festival.

  • berta-celms
    berta celms

    I watched this movie at the Sydney Film Festival ahead of its official release. Thank you to everyone involved in making this movie. It is important that Australian stories such as this are told. The Australian values of mateship and the larrikin spirit are at the centre of this true story. If you identify as being an Australian, you need to go and see this movie when it comes to cinemas in August. I’ll be going to see it again when it is officially released. It is one of those movies which leaves you thinking about it well after leaving the cinema. 10 out of 10.