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The Anderson Platoon (1967)

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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 »
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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>

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Striking imagery from the front line
18 July 1999 | by (NAS Whidbey Island, WA) – See all my reviews

A rare glimpse of the American effort in Vietnam seen through the eyes of a French documentary film-maker. The images: soldiers, helicopter warfare, jungle patrols, villages, the wounded, all these retain the freshness and vitality of a newscast from that era, accompanied by professional, sober-minded, impartial narration. Most fiction movies about the Vietnam War made afterward will seem contrived and melodramatic after one sees "The Anderson Platoon." A must-see for documentary enthusiasts.


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