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The Anderson Platoon (1967)

La section Anderson (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 3 February 1967 (France)
The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon of American soldiers for six weeks at the height of fighting in Vietnam in 1966. The ... See full summary »
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Joseph B. Anderson Joseph B. Anderson ... Himself
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The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon of American soldiers for six weeks at the height of fighting in Vietnam in 1966. The documentary discusses the background and fate of the soldiers and emphasizes how much American culture pervades the soldiers' behaviors in the midst of jungle life and fighting. Written by <xaviermartin@hotmail.com>

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solid documentary
14 January 2004 | by rps4-1See all my reviews

Highlights include: soldiers marching through a rank jungle to the tune of Nancy Sinatra's "Boots" (sound familiar?); entertaining and poignant footage of a very young infantryman on leave in Saigon rapidly blowing his pay on prostitutes; scenes of grunts throwing dice in a torn cardboard box full of cash and then receiving communion from a duded-up priest shortly before going on patrol.

If there is a DVD version, I have not seen it; the picture quality on my VHS is rather low quality but tolerable.


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