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Diên Biên Phú (1992)

An American reporter finds himself in the middle of the 57-day battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam between the French army and the Vietminh, which finally resulted in the defeat and ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Howard Simpson
Patrick Catalifo Patrick Catalifo ... Le capitaine Jégu de Kerveguen
Jean-François Balmer ... L'homme de l'AFP / AFP employee
Ludmila Mikaël ... Béatrice Vergnes
François Négret François Négret ... Le caporal / Corporal
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Le lieutenant d'artillerie / Artillery Lieutenant
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... Le père Bambourger
Anh The Anh The ... Ong Cop, M. Tigre (as Thé Anh)
Christopher Buchholz ... Le capitaine / Captain Morvan
Patrick Chauvel Patrick Chauvel ... Lieutenant Duroc, DC3 Pilot
Eric Do Eric Do ... Le lieutenant Ki / Lieutenant Ki
Thu Hà Thu Hà ... Cuc - la femme de Thadé
Igor Hossein Igor Hossein ... Le photographe
Luc Lavandier Luc Lavandier ... Le sergent des Thais / Thai Sergeant
Joseph Momo Joseph Momo ... Mamadou Koulibali
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An American reporter finds himself in the middle of the 57-day battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam between the French army and the Vietminh, which finally resulted in the defeat and surrender of the French forces and France's eventual withdrawal from Vietnam. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | War

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Donald Pleasence caught a virus while filming in Vietnam which put a strain on his heart and caused the heart trouble which led to his death in 1995. See more »

Goofs

Vietnamese army's M41 Walker Bulldog tanks were used in the movie (former South Vietnamese army tanks). During the real battle, French army used only ten M24 Chaffee light tanks. See more »

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Interesting failure
12 March 2004 | by kvmjohanSee all my reviews

Well... I guess that I really did like this movie in one way.. and in antoher way I really disliked it.

Basically one MAJOR!!! thing is missing in it.. Vietnamse soldiers, Vietmihn to be exact.

We get a good look at them in the end once the french have given up but that is just about it.

You might argue that this aspect of the movie should be true that you are indeed fighting some sort of an "unseen" enemy, but that is simply not true in the case of Dien Bien Phu.

Let me elaborate some what on that point, several forages and attacks were made from the French in futile attempts to roll up and out the enemy (i.e. a lot of close combat and SEEN enemies).

Several human wave attacks were launched against the French (most unsuccesfull though).

Finally the Vietmihn managed to dislodge the French soldiers by basically trenching their way to them, foot by foot, yard by yard.

At some points of the battle is somewhat more resembled a WWI scenario more than jungle combat.

I feel that the movie gave us a fairly good view of the French parts.. but just where the hell did the Viets go?


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 March 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hanoi, Vietnam See more »

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Budget:

FRF1,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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