Four young French Army officers volunteer to join the Foreign Legion to fight in Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam) in 1954.

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Capt. Guy Bertrand (as Jack Sernas)
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Capt. Jean Callaux
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Gen. Christian De Castries
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Lt. Heinrich Heldman
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Sgt. Taite
Norman Dupont ...
Lt. André Maupin
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Maj. Maurice Bonet
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Gisele Bonet (as Pat Blake)
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Jacqueline (as Irene Montwill)
Alberto Morin ...
Maj. Riviere
Maurice Marsac ...
Capt. LeRoy
Louis Mercier ...
Capt. Darbley
Peter Bourne ...
Lt. Robert
Roger Valmy ...
Maj. Lamoreaux
Leon Lontoc ...
Lt. Pham
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Four young French Army officers volunteer to join the Foreign Legion to fight in Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam) in 1954.

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20 June 1955 (UK)  »

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Cehenneme Atlayis  »

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Film debut of Patricia Blair. See more »

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interesting film reflecting the French view of turning point battle in Indo-China before it became an American battleground
4 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Well done look at the French loss at Dien-bien-phu which some historians believe led to their withdrawal from Indo-China. Demonstrates the difficulties in fighting a committed enemy on his own ground long before US faced the same problems. French efforts to reinforce and save their forces in an enclave surrounded by soldiers that would, in later years, be described as Viet Cong prove to be unsuccessful. Loyalty to comrades on the ground leads French paratroopers to jump into a death trap.

Stars Jacque Sernas who later played Paris, Prince of Troy, in "Helen of Troy" with Rosanna Podesta as Helen. That 1956 movie should be a good measuring stick for the new Brad Pitt version.


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