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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... See more »

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Le sous-lieutenant Torrens
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L'adjudant Willsdorf
Pierre Fabre ...
Le sergent Roudier
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Le caporal Perrin
Boramy Tioulong ...
Le sergent supplétif Ba Kut
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Saksi Sbong ...
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Directed by

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Pierre Schoendoerffer

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Pierre Schoendoerffer ... (novel)
 
Pierre Schoendoerffer ... (written by)

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Georges de Beauregard ... producer
Benito Perojo ... producer

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Pierre Jansen
Gregorio García Segura ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Raoul Coutard

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Armand Psenny

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Renée Deschamps ... assistant editor

Production Management

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René Demoulin ... production manager
Roger Scipion ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Philippe Fourastié ... first assistant director
Georges Pellegrin ... first assistant director
Yi Sin Sing ... second assistant director

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Te Hak Kheng ... sound
Jean Nény ... sound mixer

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Jean Garcenot ... assistant camera
Georges Liron ... camera operator

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André Jouve ... conductor

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Brigitte Friang ... production administrator
Colette Roy ... production secretary
Mok Sath ... weapon consultant
Bertrand Tavernier ... press attache
Boramy Tioulong ... technical advisor

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Norodom Sihanouk ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Sangre en Indochina (Spain)
  • The 317th Platoon (World-wide, English title)
  • Die 317. Sektion (West Germany)
  • 317 battaglione d'assalto (Italy)
  • 317th Platoon
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  • 100 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Crime Insiders (2007). See more »

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