1980s 84 Charlie MoPic (1989)

Published on July 3rd, 2009 | by Chris

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84 Charlie MoPic (1989)


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On July 3, 2009
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Part of the reason 84 Charlie MoPic "gets it right" despite the production, is the attention to detail, and it appears they got Mr. Dale Dye to advise on this one (listen for him on the radio!)

84 Charlie MoPic (1989)Well, I finally managed to, um, find a way to watch this in its entirety, and quite frankly its not quite as good as I remembered.  But 84 Charlie MoPic is still a decent, little-known (and incredibly hard to come by) film about a squad during the Vietnam war, being "documented" by an army cameraman as they go on patrol in the jungle....

First off, I just have to say this:  Brian DePalma should have used this as a reference for his similar but just-plain-awful faux-documentary Redacted.  If you're going to do it, do it right.

That being said, there really isn't anything all that spectacular about 84C.  The acting is not terrible, but not particularly wonderful either.  The only familiar face I recognized was that of a younger Glenn Morshower (Pierce from "24")....  Yet despite that shortcoming, somehow this film manages to keep you engaged, and you're able to connect with the characters and feel what they're feeling.  And yeah, the "short" jokes get a little tiresome, and a bit forced (sorry Zack!)....

What you do have is a rather diverse group of men (albeit stereotypes), who under normal conditions "back home" likely wouldn't have anything to do with each other.  Still they are able to band together, and as they one-by-one fall for various reasons, the bond they share becomes obvious.  And by the end, even MoPic has been accepted into their group, albeit a little too late.

Part of the reason 84 Charlie MoPic "gets it right" despite the production, is the attention to detail, and it appears they got Mr. Dale Dye to advise on this one (listen for him on the radio!)

All-in-all, if you want a glossy Hollywood rendition of things, then you might as well forget it.  But as a decent indy effort it really does the job well.

And it figures, the whole bleeding thing appears to be on YouTube if you want to follow the pieces.  Here's a chunk for your amusement....

I used to have a clip here, but it looks like all the video related to 84 Charlie Mopic has been removed by NBC.  Thanks!  It's 2012.  Put the shit back up there.
84 Charlie MoPic (1989) Chris

Summary: Part of the reason 84 Charlie MoPic "gets it right" despite the production, is the attention to detail, and it appears they got Mr. Dale Dye to advise on this one (listen for him on the radio!)

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4 Responses to 84 Charlie MoPic (1989)

  1. BG says:

    I thought Richard Brooks, who played ADA Paul Robinette on Law & Order for several seasons, gave a great performance as OD.

  2. I am big fan of this little gem of a movie. OD typifies the sgt. having to deal with the green LT who is looking to upgrade his resume. Gruff, but not loveable. Real. The other characters are well done as well. This is a great “who will die and who will survive” movie. The best POV war movie ever made, in my opinion.

  3. RG says:

    One problem is the film was shot with a camcorder. I don’t think they used camcorders during the Vietnam War. More like noisy 16 millimeter. The ballsy thing to do would be an entirely realistic scratchy found footage movie of the My Lai Massacre, filmed in Vietnam, with actors identical to Calley, Medea, and the rest. Put each soldier’s full name on screen above their heads, so the audience would know who did what. The most horrifying Vietnam war movie yet. Completely Unrated. Directed by Rob Zombie. Coming soon to a theater near you.

  4. Mark says:

    Probably the most realistic potrayal of a squad based Airborne Ranger reconnaissance mission ever put to Hollywood celluloid. The jargon is accurate, the tactics on and off the objective are realistic enough to not give away trade secrets, yet still deliver in spades. And the emotions of troops, who are burnt out from extensive behind the line duty is subtle, but obvious. Very accurate potrayal of serving with an elite team on a “Snoop and Poop” mission, be they Special Forces or a Ranger 6 man Hunter Killer team. Very underrated film.

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