The 317th Platoon / La 317e Section

TitleThe 317th Platoon / La 317e Section
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1965
AuthorsSchoendoerffer, Pierre
Running Time1h 40m
Publication LanguageFrench, Vietnamese

This French film, directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer, offers a close examination of French and Laotian soldiers near the end of First Indochina War (1946–54). A French platoon retreats to Dien Bien Phu to provide reinforcements for the Battle there, which started in March 1954  and lasted three months, but it faces a dangerous trek through the jungle. Tensions between the platoon's leader, an inexperienced officer, and a sergeant, a veteran of World War II, subside as they encounter guerilla soldiers and disease on their way to the decisive battle. 


Jacques Perrin

Bruno Cremer

Pierre Fabre

Manuel Zarzo


Produced by Georges de Beauregard and Benito Perojo

Directed and Written by Pierre Schoendoerffer

Cinematography by Raoul Coutard

Edited by Armand Psenny

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