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Lost Command (1966)

 -  Drama | War  -  May 1966 (USA)
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This is the story of French Lt. Col. Pierre-Noel Raspeguy who leads his French paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh guerrilla in French Indochina and later during the Algerian war of independence.

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Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy
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Captain Phillipe Esclavier
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Lt. Mahidi
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Countess Natalie de Clairefons
Maurice Ronet ...
Capain. Boisfeuras
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Aicha
Grégoire Aslan ...
Dr. Ali Ben Saad
Jean Servais ...
General Melies
Maurice Sarfati ...
Merle
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Orsini (as Jean-Claude Berq)
Syl Lamont ...
Verte
Jacques Marin ...
Mayor
Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
De Guyot
Andrés Monreal ...
Ahmed
Gordon Heath ...
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This is the story of French Lt. Col. Pierre-Noel Raspeguy who leads his French paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh guerrilla in French Indochina and later during the Algerian war of independence.

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Movie was banned in France for over 10 years. Subsequent French releases were heavily edited until the full DVD-release in 2002. See more »

Goofs

The Vietminh Commander played by Burt Kwouk is speaking Cantonese, a southern Chinese dialect, and not Vietnamese. See more »

Quotes

Merle: A message from the airforce, sir. In 10 minutes, they will be overhead to drop in reinforcements!
Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy: We haven't got enough firepower left to cover them, they'll be slaughtered before they hit the ground, get back on the radio and warn them off.
Merle: Right sir!
[command bunker with radio blown up]
Merle: [picking up broken pieces of radio] Poor devils, they'll be here in a few minutes!
Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy: Well, what the hell can I do!
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If You Liked "Zulu," You'll Like "The Lost Command"
24 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps because it came out so soon after Pontecorvo's classic "La Battaglia di Algeri" (The Battle of Algiers), "The Lost Command" got, well, lost. That's too bad, because I saw this movie only once about 20 years ago, but still recall it vividly as a surprisingly well-done action film spiced with social commentary that doesn't overwhelm the whole.

Anthony Quinn is especially believable as a hard-bitten professional soldier who manages to rise to high command in spite of his peasant birth. Alain Delon is his pretty boy right-hand and George Segal has a particularly interesting turn as an Arab serving with Quinn and Delon in Indochina at the film's beginning who is radicalized upon returning to his native Algeria and takes up arms against his former comrades.

The highlight of the film is its retelling of the Battle of Algiers, with Quinn in the role of the real-life para colonel Jacques Massieu.

The battle scenes are well-done and realistic, especially the opening sequence, which is set in the final, desperate hours at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Despite being well-made and underrated, this film is not often shown on television, so you'll probably have to rent it.


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