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Outpost in Indo-china (1963)

Fort-du-fou (original title)
A refugee crisis in Vietnam occurs which complicates an French army captain's primary mission of securing a fort.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Harden ...
Le capitaine Noyelles
Alain Saury ...
Le lieutenant Veyrac
Le sergent Hérange
Foun-Sen ...
Jean-Loup Reynold ...
Le soldat Bernard Jules
Mai-Trung ...
Le curé
Van Quynh ...
Le chef Viet Minh
Stan Dylik ...
L'adjudant-chef Prétot
Laurent Dumm ...
Le sergent Durrieu
Le Bâ Dat ...
Le sergent Minh
Paul Luu Dinh ...
Lu Banh
Nguyen Thi Tuyet ...
Marie Phuong
Michel Charrel ...
Le soldat Vincent
Robert Maurice ...
Le soldat Masson
François Brincourt ...
Le soldat Isnard


A refugee crisis in Vietnam occurs which complicates an French army captain's primary mission of securing a fort.

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Drama | War






Release Date:

16 January 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Outpost in Indo-china  »

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2.35 : 1
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Hold the fort for what it's worth
1 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

From "Le Défroqué" onwards ,most of Leo Joannon's movies are steeped in Sulpitian kitsch ,an indomitable faith in God and self-sacrifice.

This may be seemingly a war movie :during Indo-China war ,French soldiers and their protégés ,Christian refugees ,take refuge in a fort ("Fort Du Fou"= the lunatic's fort);in the army there are also Vietnamese recruits "traitors to their cause" for the Viet-Minhs .

Anyone who knows Joannon's immediate past would expect the worst :against all odds,the director managed this absurd task pretty well.

The fort is surrounded by the enemy,the Minhs ,and the besieged are eagerly waiting for a convoy of reinforcements ,food and medicines.Inside ,the soldiers are feeling down in the dumps but the -Vietnamise- priest has the children sing "Il Est Né Le Divin Infant " and "Je Suis Chretien " in their own language .

All around the fort,loudspeakers scream at imperialism,shout angrily at the traitors and the French lieutenant ;blowing hot and cold,the propaganda and the messages become more and more personal :the captain's private life is revealed:he secretly married a Vietnamese woman who cheated on him with the famous lieutenant.

Joannon,with a great economy of means ,succeeded in building a tension,a stifling atmosphere with those voices which seem to come from nowhere ;true to himself,he praises self-sacrifice (see "Le Défroqué " "Le Secret De Sœur Angèle" "Le Désert De Pigalle") ,but this time without becoming ridiculous.

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