La 317e section (1965)




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Set near the end of the bloody Indo-Chinese War in which the Vietnamese struggled to shuck off the yoke of French colonialism, this taut, provocative French war drama chronicles the events leading up to the slaughter of the French Army's 317th Platoon, a unit comprised of 41 Laotians and a quartet of French officers that was ordered to make it back to the safety of camp Dien Bien Phu. It is an arduous journey and the soldiers must not only battle constant ambushes, but also the jungle itself. Many soldiers die along the way. When they finally make it to the camp, they find the enemy waiting. Not one member of the platoon survives the ensuing slaughter. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Bruno Cremer
as Willsdorf
Pierre Fabre
as Roudier
Jack Perrin
as Le sous-lieutenant Torrens

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Gritty war drama from Pierre Schoendoerffer, adapted from his own novel about his experiences during the First Indochina War. Schoendoerffer's time spent as a war cameraman gives the film it's real-life documentary feel, which in turn adds to some pretty tough viewing. Photobucket

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