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DANGER CLOSE: The Battle of Long Tan Movie

Opens 8 August 2019: DANGER CLOSE is a dramatic, visceral, action centered feature film 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.

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SYNOPSIS

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 BLACKHAWK DOWN, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, GALLIPOLI, BREAKER MORANT & ZULU.  

  • Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan Official Teaser Poster

Cast
Travis Fimmel (Major Harry Smith)
Luke Bracey (Sergeant Bob Buick)
Daniel Webber (Private Paul Large)
Alexander England (WO Jack Kirby)
Richard Roxburgh (Brigadier David Jackson)
Anthony Hayes (Colonel Colin Townsend)
Nicholas Hamilton (Private Noel Grimes)
Aaron Glenane (Captain Morrie Stanely)

Director
Kriv Stenders
(RED DOG, BOXING DAY, ILLUSTRATED FAMILY DOCTOR)

Screenplay by
Stuart Beattie
(COLLATERAL, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, AUSTRALIA)
and The Story Shop team; James Nicholas, Jack Brislee, Karel Segers & Paul Sullivan

Produced by
Martin Walsh
John Schwarz
Michael Schwarz

Producers
Stuart Beattie
Tony H Noun
Silvio Salom
Andrew Mann

Composer
Caitlin Yeo
(THE ROCKET, THE BUTTERFLY TREE, AFTER THE APOLOGY)

Director of Photography ACS
Ben Nott
(WINCHESTER, JIGSAW, PREDESTINATION, DAYBREAKERS)

Editor
Veronika Jenet ASE
(STRANGERLAND, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE, THE PIANO)

Line Producer
Peta Ross
(PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, NIM's ISLAND)

Production Designer
Sam Hobbs
(RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, BENEATH HILL 60)

Costume Designer
Lizzy Gardiner
(PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, HACKSAW RIDGE, THE RAILWAY MAN)

Special Effects Supervisor
Brian Cox
(THOR: RAGNAROK, UNBROKEN, WOLVERINE, AUSTRALIA, THIN RED LINE)

Make-up/Hair Designer
Tess Natoli
(AQUAMAN, WINCHESTER, ALIEN: COVENANT, GODS OF EGYPT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, PREDESTINATION)

Art Director
Jodie Whetter
(THE SHALLOWS, SAN ANDREAS, UNBROKEN, DAYBREAKERS, THE GREAT RAID)

Post Production Supervisor
Henry Karjalianen
(THE LEGO MOVIE, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS, HAPPY FEET TWO)

First Assistant Director
Jamie Leslie
(PREDESTINATION, WINCHESTER, DAYBREAKERS)

Casting Director
Kirsty McGregor & Stevie Ray
(LION, THOR: RAGNAROK, THE ROVER, ANIMAL KINGDOM, PACIFIC RIM)