Wednesday, June 25, 2014
War Movie Wednesday - 84 Charlie MoPic
Before the mid to late '80s, movies about the Vietnam War were few and far between. With the success of Platoon in 1986 the gates were soon open for others like Hamburger Hill and Full Metal Jacket or even television series like Tour of Duty and China Beach. The low budget independent film 84 Charlie MoPic is definitely a gem that unfortunately gets lost in the shuffle.
Directed by Vietnam Vet Patrick Sheane Duncan and starring a cast of unknowns, the film takes the form of a mock documentary seen entirely through the camera lens of the 84C20 Motion Picture Specialist the movie (and soldier) is nicknamed for. The cameraman and a fresh Second Lieutenant are send along a routine five day recon patrol to film for training purposes. Of course nothing is routine in war.
Personally, I hadn't seen or heard of this movie until it was shown in one of my college ROTC classes in the early '90s. I was just learning the basics of small unit tactics and patrolling back then so it definitely had an impact. The filming technique made more famous by films like The Blair Witch Project, seemed hokey at first, but gets more and more "real" as the film goes along. No soundtrack and no frills, the movie simply follows the same squad of soldiers from beginning to end. It makes the movie very personal and unique among war movies that I've watched.
84 Charlie MoPic (1989)
War Movie Wednesday is an opportunity for me to feature a few of my favorite war/war related movies on the blog. Maybe not technically the "best" war movies or even "great" movies, but films I've enjoyed for one reason or another. Interesting and entertaining enough to watch during hobby time at least. Something that can be found for free on YouTube and played on your computer or similar gadget sitting by your hobby area. Unfortunately these posts are also limited in choice and quality by what I can find on YouTube, which also includes putting up with subtitles from time to time.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the movie!