GenreDrama, War Music directorDonovan LanguageEnglish
WriterPatrick Sheane Duncan Release dateApril 7, 1989 (1989-04-07) CastJonathan Emerson (LT), Nicholas Cascone (Easy), Jason Tomlins (Pretty boy), Christopher Burgard (Hammer), Glenn Morshower (Cracker) Similar moviesForrest Gump, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Veteran, Uncommon Valor, Cobra Mission 2
84C MoPic (also known as 84 Charlie MoPic) is a 1989 American independent war film drama by Patrick Sheane Duncan.
The film is created as a mock-up documentary of a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) mission during the Vietnam War. The point of view is from a camera following a LRRP team on a five-day patrol deep in "Indian Country" (territory controlled by the North Vietnamese). The cameraman is nicknamed "MoPic" by the team, because of his alphanumeric military occupational specialty, 84C20, Motion Picture Specialist. The supposedly routine mission, however, goes wrong and eventually turns into a struggle for survival.
Jonathan Emerson as LT
Nicholas Cascone as Easy
Jason Tomlins as Pretty Boy
Christopher Burgard as Hammer
Glenn Morshower as Cracker
Richard Brooks as OD
Byron Thames as MoPic
The movie was filmed on a low budget in Southern California. The film is one of the earlier examples of found footage, a style famously implemented by The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity.
The film received three nominations:
1989 - Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic (Patrick Sheane Duncan)
1990 - Independent Spirit Award, Best First Feature, Patrick Sheane Duncan (Director); Michael Nolin (Producer)
1990 - Independent Spirit Award, Best Screenplay, Patrick Sheane Duncan
Listed among recommended Viet Nam war films in a blog post on Council on Foreign Relations