La 317ème section (1965) AKA The 317th Platoon


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.

Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer. AKA The 317th Platoon
Stars: Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Pierre Fabre, Manuel Zarzo, Boramy Tioulong.

1965 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
1965 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Best Screenplay.


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  1. Bruce Beresford
    April 27, 2020

    One of the best war films ever made. Totally realistic.

  2. James GERRAND
    April 30, 2020

    Characters, script, filming and direction, everything is realistic It feels utterly authentic,

  3. Tulse
    April 30, 2020

    A terrific addition to the filmic literature of the war in SE Asia. Great work by Coutard on camera, performances top notch, locales beyond authentic. Merçi Jon!

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