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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Sernas ...
Capt. Guy Bertrand (as Jack Sernas)
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Capt. Jean Callaux
Arnold Moss ...
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)
Lisa Montell ...
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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16 September 1955 (Finland)  »

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Unrealistic portrayal
18 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came here to get others view of this movie and ended up just watching the movie instead.

It is an all American attempt to portray the failed French attempt to parachute into what is now known as Vietnam and fight the concluding attempt at Dien Bien Phu. It correctly shows the botched effort to do it with little training. It incorrectly shows few period French Weapons and from my watching of it seems to miss the flora of the region entirely because it was filmed in Burbank.

It could have at least used DeGaulle's view of the miserable catastrophe at the end better but the one soldier who was in his 40's who wasn't in good shape seems to somehow sum up the mess with one person better than anything I have pictured so far.

If you cannot find it on TV I have only saw it just the one time on TCM. But you can purchase it on DVD from places like Amazon.com. I find it quite interesting that it was directed by David Butler. You would never guess he also directed Bright Eyes (Shirley Temple) in 1934, Road to Morocco in 1942, Calamity Jane in 1953, and Leave it to Beaver after this movie in 1957. They are all very different from each other.

Is it worth a remake? Yes. But it should probably be done in French with English or other language sub-titles by French people with exhaustive efforts to truly recreate what happened. What did DeGaulle say? Something to the effect that "Americans learned nothing from the French blunders." If Americans had watched a really good version of this movie they would have assisted the French in extricating themselves and not have mired themselves into a situation without fully understanding the beliefs and desires of the people. Preparation and knowledge is the key.


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