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Lost Command (1966)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | May 1966 (USA)
French Army Colonel Raspeguy leads his paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh in Indochina and against Algerian guerrilla during the Algerian War.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Jean Lartéguy (novel), Nelson Gidding
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy
Alain Delon ... Captain Phillipe Esclavier
George Segal ... Lt. Mahidi
Michèle Morgan ... Countess Natalie de Clairefons
Maurice Ronet ... Capain. Boisfeuras
Claudia Cardinale ... Aicha
Grégoire Aslan ... Dr. Ali Ben Saad
Jean Servais ... General Melies
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... Merle
Jean-Claude Bercq Jean-Claude Bercq ... Orsini (as Jean-Claude Berq)
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... Verte
Jacques Marin ... Mayor
Jean-Paul Moulinot Jean-Paul Moulinot ... De Guyot
Andrés Monreal Andrés Monreal ... Ahmed
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... Dia
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Storyline

In 1954 during the final days of French military involvement in Indochina French Army Colonel Pierre-Noel Raspeguy is leading his paratroopers in the decisive battle of Dien Bien Phu. A weakened French garrison faces a major assault by Communist Viet Minh troops. Colonel Raspeguy's frantic calls for reinforcements only brings a token force of a planeload of paratroopers and ammunition. When their position is overrun by the enemy Raspeguy and his men are taken prisoners. After the peace treaty they are released and they return to France where Colonel Raspeguy receives the command of a new airborne regiment bound for Algeria. The French are trying to prevent Algeria from obtaining full independence from France. The French Army is engaged in counter insurgency operations in both urban and rural environments against the Algerian guerrilla led by the Algerian National Liberation Front. This is Colonel Raspeguy's last chance to prove his command abilities and to save his military career. Written by nufs68

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They lived and loved and fought across three continents !

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Centurions See more »

Filming Locations:

Roma Studios, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Production Co:

Red Lion See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The US provided considerable help to the French in Vietnam. See more »

Goofs

The Vietminh Commander played by Burt Kwouk is speaking Cantonese, a southern Chinese dialect, and not Vietnamese. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Phillipe Esclavier: Nobody goes into the village, I'm in command here and that's an order!
[takes out service pistol]
Verte: If that was you, sir, all chopped up, we'd do the same for you.
Capt. Boisfeuras: We must avenge the mutilation of our three comrades.
[turns to others]
Capt. Boisfeuras: Go!
Capt. Phillipe Esclavier: Stop!
[shoots near Capt. Boisfeuras feet]
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Referenced in Deadfall (1968) See more »

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Generic war film
3 August 2018 | by nickboldriniSee all my reviews

I watched this out of interest to see how the French experience of Dien Bien Phu might be portrayed, but this was only a small part of the film, and that dissappointment carried on for the whole film. This is another of those generic war films where the tactics are unrealistic to the point of idiocy, the kit and equipment is whatever comes to hand rather than attempting anything but the vaguest way, and the story is fairly daft too. Only worth watching for the novelty value of its subject matter,


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