MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,863 this week

The Anderson Platoon (1967)
"La section Anderson" (original title)

 |  Documentary, War  |  4 July 1967 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 191 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon of American soldiers for six weeks at the height of fighting in Vietnam in 1966. The ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1196 titles
created 12 Aug 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 17 Jun 2013
 
a list of 817 titles
created 06 Feb 2014
 
a list of 346 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Anderson Platoon (1967)

The Anderson Platoon (1967) on IMDb 7.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Anderson Platoon.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ten Thousand Day War (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War.

Stars: Richard Basehart, Ellsworth Bunker, Clark Clifford
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle, from the 26,000 foot level near the ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruce Nyznik, Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Yûichirô Miura, Douglas Rain
Adalen 31 (1969)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During a strike strike-breakers are being transported to Lunde, where they are assaulted by the strikers. The military are sent in. On the 14th May 1931 there is a confrontation between ... See full summary »

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Peter Schildt, Kerstin Tidelius, Roland Hedlund
Genocide (1982)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Schwartzman
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Simon Wiesenthal
Oh, Saigon (2007)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Accompanied by gripping images from the war, 'Oh, Saigon' is an in-depth, compelling documentary about one refugee family's attempts to face its divided past and heal the physical and emotional wounds of the Vietnam War.

Director: Doan Hoang
Stars: Nam Hoang, Van Tran, Anne Hoang
Documentary | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In seven different parts, Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda show their sympathy for the North-Vietnamees army during the Vietnam-war.

Directors: Joris Ivens, William Klein, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Anne Bellec, Karen Blanguernon, Bernard Fresson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences. Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Rusty Sachs, Joe Bangert, Scott Shimabukuro
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch
Stars: Lino Ventura, Françoise Fabian, Charles Gérard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Julian, a middle-aged single doctor, meets his childhood friend Pablo again. The latter is back from Africa and has just married a beautiful young blonde, Elena. Julian falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Edouard is a pianist, married with Caroline. This evening, they are invited to Claude's. Claude is the snobbish uncle of Caroline, his son Alain (as snobbish as his father) is in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Daniel Gélin, Anne Vernon, Elina Labourdette
Love of Life (1969)
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Directors: Gérard Patris, François Reichenbach
Stars: Artur Rubinstein, Eliahu Inbal, Paul Kletzki
Edit

Storyline

The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon of American soldiers for six weeks at the height of fighting in Vietnam in 1966. The documentary discusses the background and fate of the soldiers and emphasizes how much American culture pervades the soldiers' behaviors in the midst of jungle life and fighting. Written by <xaviermartin@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 July 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Anderson Platoon  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Oscar Winning Documentary That Speaks For Itself
2 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

THE ANDERSON PLATOON is an Oscar winning documentary made by film maker and veteran of the French Indo-China War Pierre Schoendoerffer who made the earlier French feature film 317TH PLATOON in 1965 and the later epic DIEN BIEN PHU in 1992 . In short Scoendoerffer is a man obsessed with the various conflicts in South East Asia which is hardly surprising . A cameraman during the battle of Dien Bien Phu he spent four months in a Viet Minh prisoner of war camp . Here he documents the early stages of the American experience of fighting the Vietnamese in 1966 before Vietnam became a metonym for spectacular defeat

You have to be aware of the context of the setting . Nowadays you can switch on the television and see frontline action taken on Iphones by soldiers in Afghanistan via documentaries like the BBC's excellent THIS IS OUR WAR . Production logistics were entirely different in 1966 were a camera crew would have to carry bulky equipment through swamps and jungles and with it came all the dangers of the soldiers on the other side mistaking them as combatants in the distance

Likwise you also have to remember the socio-political context of 1966 . At this stage in the conflict there was little anti-war sentiment . Back home the war was perceived as a crusade against communism with the Viet Cong being communist stooges of the USSR and Red China . The fact that they were nationalists merely fighting to unify the country under a nationalist government didn't enter the minds of Americans . This possibly leads to an element of the documentary being under regarded by an average IMDb rating of 6.9 . If there's a lack of anti-war angst that's because it didn't exist until a couple of years later . That said it is refreshing to watch a war documentary devoid of anti-war statement ala Michael Moore

The director seems fascinated by the helicopter . Again in 1966 the helicopter was a new innovation in warfare and no other war in history has been so reliant on the machine . Indeed if you watch 317TH PLATOON you might find yourself questioning why the platoon didn't get evacuated by copter until you realise battlefield strategists hadn't thought of utilizing this new invention to its greatest potential until the 1960s . How reliant were the Americans on helicopters ? In ten years of conflict in Afghanistan in the 1980s the Soviet Union lost over 300 helicopters . In ten years of conflict in Vietnam the Americans lost almost 5,000

Some documentary purists may dislike THE ANDERSON PLATOON down to the soundtrack featuring a musical score and the soundtrack is noticeable . It does feature music way ahead of its time so much so I often found myself wondering if it was in fact the original score . But apart from that I was very impressed by the grunts eye view of the early stages of the Vietnam war and can testify to the misery caused by the constant driving rain of an Asian monsoon


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
THE VIETNAM WAR PeterRoeder
Discuss The Anderson Platoon (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page