MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,208 this week

The 317th Platoon (1965)
"La 317ème section" (original title)

 |  War  |  31 March 1965 (France)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 576 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 5 critic

In Vietnam, 1954, a French platoon isolated behind enemy lines tries to come back. It is led by the inexperienced, idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht.

0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 102 titles
created 17 Jul 2011
 
a list of 912 titles
created 24 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1192 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
a list of 100 titles
created 18 Oct 2012
 
400
a list of 408 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The 317th Platoon (1965)

The 317th Platoon (1965) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The 317th Platoon.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In einer TV-Sendung bezeichnet Professor Paulet den im Algerienkrieg gefallenen Capitaine Caron als Folterer und Mörder. Dessen Witwe zieht mit der in Kriegsprozessen unerfahreren Anwältin ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer
Stars: Jacques Perrin, Nicole Garcia, Charles Denner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The rise and fall of a famous torero, Miguelin, inside and outside of the bullfighters ring.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Miguel Mateo 'Miguelín', José Gómez Sevillano, Pedro Basauri 'Pedrucho'
The Blue Lamp (1950)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A mistress of a drug dealer in post-war Japan is shocked when she discovers that he is having an affair with her sister.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Sanae Takasugi, Tomie Tsunoda
Ostatni etap (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is, by a coincidence, chosen as an interpreter, but her entire family ... See full summary »

Director: Wanda Jakubowska
Stars: Tatjana Gorecka, Antonina Gordon-Górecka, Barbara Drapinska
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bored young wife finds her life transformed after a torrid affair. Suffocated by a life with her meek husband and domineering mother-in-law, Katya starts a deadly liaison with the intense Sergei. (Russian with English subtitles)

Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy
Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Aleksandr Feklistov
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Stanislaw Lenartowicz
Stars: Jerzy Adamczak, Andrzej Hrydzewicz, Jaroslaw Kuszewski
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jan is a decent, boring man, living a decent, boring life as a rocket designer. When his adventurous twin brother dies in a breakfast accident, Jan decides to impersonate him, unwittingly becoming a part of a Nazi time travel conspiracy.

Director: Jindrich Polák
Stars: Petr Kostka, Jirí Sovák, Vladimír Mensík
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Blake, Timothy Carey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the 1930's, in the South of State of Bahia, Brazil, an adventurer with no name or history, who had already been shot 7 times, gets involved in the battle for land and cacao plantations. ... See full summary »

Director: Ruy Guerra
Stars: Norma Bengell, Othon Bastos, Ítala Nandi
Král Sumavy (1959)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Karel Kachyna
Stars: Radovan Lukavský, Jirí Vala, Jirina Svorcová
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Yûji Makiguchi
Stars: Terumi Azuma, Yukiko Tachibana, Yoshinobu Hirose
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Bruno Cremer ...
Pierre Fabre ...
Manuel Zarzo ...
Boramy Tioulong ...
Edit

Storyline

In 1954, the Indochina War begins to come to a close following France's defeat by the Viet Minh at the deadly Battle of Dîen Bîen Phû. French forces are in full retreat and risk being overrun at every turn -- including the 317th Platoon, a unit of French soldiers and Laotian allies who are led by the idealistic but inexperienced sous-lieutenant Torrens and adjutant Willsdorf, a former soldier in the German Wehrmacht during WWII. Their survival depends on completing a trek through the dense, jungle-laden, expanse of enemy territory that stands between them and the safety of the nearest French outpost. Written by Dr. Jay Trotter

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

31 March 1965 (France)  »

Also Known As:

317th Platoon  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

ESP 6,982,536 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Switch (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Song for the lost
25 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

La 317ème section is a movie about a French/anti-communist platoon that gets separated whilst up country during the Vietminh offensive against Dien Bien Phu.

The movie's two main advantages are that the director was an ex-combatant in that war, and Raoul Coutard, who was one of the great New Wave cinematographers.

The story concerns a green lieutenant, Torrens, thirsty for battle, brave and intelligent, though seemingly an adventurer from another century, and his seasoned adjutant Willsdorf, Alsatian Wehrmacht veteran. Many other films have used this formula, a classic principal-agent problem that genuinely occurs in conflicts, but used it as a metaphor for classism, and exaggerated matters.

If you look at Hollywood treatments of either the Korean War or the Vietnam War, particularly around this era, you genuinely see that there is absolutely no understanding of the naturalised inhabitants of the country. Even where there is good will, these productions remain opaque. Willsdorf however genuinely seems to have a feel for the people and how they live. He senses a more poetical way of living, which he respects, but which is clearly ripe for exploitation. There's a piece of dialogue where he mentions how the trees of the forest will soon turn red for Autumn, and that when they do the locals will drink, dance, make love and celebrate, and you sense part of him wants to join with that, wants to find a nook in a river bend where he can set up house.

What these individuals are though, as literally shown in the opening credits, are soldier ants in the forest, their lives are expendable. They are men who live in a man's world without the comforts of home, and take their pleasures where they may, they can only hope to do their duty and lay down and die, and may as well embrace what they do and who they are. It's not a "war is madness" movie, but it is terribly sad, and I was just sorry for Willsdorf that he wasn't sipping a nice Riesling back home after tucking his children into bed. It seems that by being totally apolitical the film manages to leave room for you to come to the conclusion that imperialism is deeply aberrant.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
english subtitles ..found(dvd) burger2170
accurate gairin-1
english subtitles??? burger2170
Discuss The 317th Platoon (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page