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The 317th Platoon (1965)

La 317ème section (original title)
In Vietnam, 1954, a French platoon isolated behind enemy lines tries to come back. It is led by the inexperienced, idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jacques Perrin ... Le sous-lieutenant Torrens
Bruno Cremer ... L'adjudant Willsdorf
Pierre Fabre Pierre Fabre ... Le sergent Roudier
Manuel Zarzo ... Le caporal Perrin
Boramy Tioulong Boramy Tioulong ... Le sergent supplétif Ba Kut
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In 1954, the Indochina War begins to come to a close following France's defeat by the Viet Minh at the deadly Battle of Dîen Bîen Phû. French forces are in full retreat and risk being overrun at every turn -- including the 317th Platoon, a unit of French soldiers and Laotian allies who are led by the idealistic but inexperienced sous-lieutenant Torrens and adjutant Willsdorf, a former soldier in the German Wehrmacht during WWII. Their survival depends on completing a trek through the dense, jungle-laden, expanse of enemy territory that stands between them and the safety of the nearest French outpost. Written by Dr. Jay Trotter

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Vietnamese

Release Date:

31 March 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cambodia

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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About 30 minutes into the film, part of Macbeth Act 5, Scene 1 (the Lady Macbeth "out, out damned spot" sleep-walking scene) is overheard playing on the radio. See more »

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Heroes are only men....
13 October 1999 | by J.P.-7See all my reviews

America made many movies about the Viet Nam war, good ones and bad ones. On the contrary, France didn't make films about the Indochina and Algeria wars. But "la 317e" is not only rare because of this, but also because it shows war as it was really fought, not by Rambo-like superheroes, but by simple men, some courageous, some not... Besides, Shloendorffer is a great film maker, and you can feel during the film that hes was really there, that he shared tragic hours with these men.


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