84C MoPic

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84C MoPic
84C MoPic film.jpg
Directed byPatrick Sheane Duncan
Produced byMichael Nolin
Written byPatrick Sheane Duncan
Music byDonovan
Edited byStephen Purvis
Distributed byNew Century Vista Film Company
Release date
  • April 7, 1989 (1989-04-07)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$154,264 (US)

84C MoPic (also known as 84 Charlie MoPic) is a 1989 American independent war film drama directed by Patrick Sheane Duncan.


The film is a mock documentary of a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) mission during the Vietnam War; the point of view is from a cameraman 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.



84C MoPic 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.


84 Charlie MoPic has an 83% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 6 reviews.[1] Roger Ebert, awarding the film three stars out of four, wrote:

"84 Charlie MoPic" deserves a place by itself among the films about Vietnam. It is a brave and original attempt to record nothing more or less than the actual daily experience of a unit on patrol, drawn out of the memories of men who were there. I’ve never seen a combat movie that seemed this close to actual experience, to the kinds of hard lessons that soldiers are taught by their enemies; the filmmakers have earned their right to shoot with a subjective camera — because the eyes we are really seeing through are their own."[2]

The film received three nominations:

The film is listed among recommended Vietnam war films in a blog post on the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]


  1. ^ "84 Charlie MoPic," RottenTomatoes.com. Accessed May 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. "84 Charlie MoPic," Chicago Sun-Times (April 28, 1989).
  3. ^ 84C MoPic on IMDb
  4. ^ Lindsay, James M. "Ten More Vietnam War Movies," Council on Foreign Relations website (May 20, 2017).

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