Lost Command (1966)

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French Army Colonel Raspeguy leads his paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh in Indochina and against Algerian guerrilla during the Algerian War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capain. Boisfeuras
Grégoire Aslan ...
Dr. Ali Ben Saad
Jean Servais ...
General Melies
Maurice Sarfati ...
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Orsini (as Jean-Claude Berq)
Syl Lamont ...
Jacques Marin ...
Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
De Guyot
Andrés Monreal ...
Gordon Heath ...


In 1954 during the final days of French military involvement in Indochina French Army Colonel Pierre-Noel Raspeguy is leading his paratroopers in the decisive battle of Dien Bien Phu. A weakened French garrison faces a major assault by Communist Viet Minh troops. Colonel Raspeguy's frantic calls for reinforcements only brings a token force of a planeload of paratroopers and ammunition. When their position is overrun by the enemy Raspeguy and his men are taken prisoners. After the peace treaty they are released and they return to France where Colonel Raspeguy receives the command of a new airborne regiment bound for Algeria. The French are trying to prevent Algeria from obtaining full independence from France. The French Army is engaged in counter insurgency operations in both urban and rural environments against the Algerian guerrilla led by the Algerian National Liberation Front. This is Colonel Raspeguy's last chance to prove his command abilities and to save his military career. Written by nufs68

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May 1966 (USA)  »

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Les centurions  »

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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 »


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


Capt. Phillipe Esclavier: Nobody goes into the village, I'm in command here and that's an order!
[takes out service pistol]
Verte: If that was you, sir, all chopped up, we'd do the same for you.
Capt. Boisfeuras: We must avenge the mutilation of our three comrades.
[turns to others]
Capt. Boisfeuras: Go!
Capt. Phillipe Esclavier: Stop!
[shoots near Capt. Boisfeuras feet]
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Good drama
27 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having seen Pontecorvo's "La Battaglia di Algeri" (The Battle of Algiers) which is an excellent French docudrama my attention was drawn to this. I have to say that it is a good movie which not only serves as an entertaining drama (unlike the previously mentioned which was more documentary-like), but a reasonable record of some of the issues facing Algeria, France and society at the time. The choice of George Segal in the role of as Mahidi was particularly odd but reflects the era when it was made. Alain Dellon was in his prime at the time (and very good looking). Anthony Quinn as Raspeguy also surpasses many of his other roles in being highly engaging and convincing without the need, as was the case of some of his other roles, to resort to comedy. Two hours long but a lot packed in. The action sequences are well handled.

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