The 317th Platoon

The 317th Platoon (1965)

  • Genre: War, History, Drama
  • Release Date: 1965-03-31
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 66 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Rome-Paris Films
  • Production Country: France, Spain
  • Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer
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In Laos, 1954, eight days before the french defeat in the Indochina war, the 317th platoon – four french soldiers and 41 laotian combatants – has been ordered to leave its outpost and to retreat for the plains of Diên Biên Phu, where the french army is getting stucked. Led by the inexperienced and idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, fresh out of the military academy, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht, the group must cross 150 kilometers of jungle. But dripping rainwater, hostile nature, and the Viêt-minh ambushes expose them to constant danger.

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  • Jacques Perrin

    as Le sous-lieutenant Torrens
  • Bruno Cremer

    as L'adjudant Willsdorf
  • Pierre Fabre

    as Le sergent Roudier
  • Manuel Zarzo

    as Le caporal Perrin
  • Boramy Tioulong

    as Le sergent supplétif Ba Kut
  • Saksi Sbong

Directing Pierre Schoendoerffer Director
Camera Raoul Coutard Director of Photography
Production Benito Perojo Producer
Writing Pierre Schoendoerffer Screenplay
Sound Pierre Jansen Original Music Composer
Editing Renée Deschamps Assistant Editor
Production Georges de Beauregard Producer
Writing Pierre Schoendoerffer Novel
Sound Gregorio García Segura Original Music Composer
Editing Armand Psenny Editor