A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Terrien
Sergent Dougnac
Commandant Vesoul
Marc Barbé ...
Capitaine Berthaut
Le sergent tortionnaire
Idir Danoun (as Fellag)
Lounès Tazairt ...
Abdelhafid Metalsi ...
Lounès Machene ...
Adrien Saint-Joré ...
Ange Ruzé ...
Salem Aït-Ali-Belkacem ...
Antoine Laurent ...


A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence.

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The wounds of war never heal. [Scandinavian DVD.]


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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Feind in den eigenen Reihen - Intimate Enemies  »

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€9,780,000 (estimated)

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The film was fully storyboarded before shooting. See more »


When the platoon is ambushed, the radio operator reports that they are being fired upon by MG-42s, which are captured German machine guns from the Second World War. These machine guns have a high rate of fire and produce a different sound than that edited into the film. See more »


Version of L'ennemi intime (2002) See more »


Come prima
Written by Jacques Larue, Mario Panzeri, Sandro Taccani, Vincenzo di Paola
Performed by Dalida
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Horror, the horror
28 July 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Well, Some official critics wrote "the French Apocalypse Now". Well, it's much less, hum, metaphorical than apocalypse now. Not just because of the countryside aspect. Were no more in the damp swamps of Vietnam, but the dry lands of Mediterranean countries. Here is just the ugly truth. No black and white, grey, like the uniforms covered of dust. That's a great aspect of this movie. They just show ordinary men becoming Beast. Because it's war, because war is ugly, because this wasn't an ordinary war. It's deeply based on true facts, like this former Resistant using torture, despite having being tortured himself while a resistant. Or those two Algerian mates, who used to fight in the Monte Casino against the German... and then one of them kill the other, because they're in two different side, and one of them had his family killed by the other one's friends. And the fellagas using ugly means, because there's no other mean to free your country. I was more shaken by this movie than I was by any Vietnam movies. Because, well, maybe, Terrien, he could just have been me.

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