Lost Command / Les Centurions

TitleLost Command / Les Centurions
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1966
AuthorsRobson, Mark
Running Time2h 9m
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

The war drama Lost Command, directed by Mark Robinson and based on the best-selling 1960 novel The Centurions by Jean Lartéguy, explores France's loss of political control and military defeat in Indochina and Algeria through the eyes of a group of paratroopers. After suffering a humiliating defeat at Dien Bien Phu in the spring of 1954, Lt. Col. Pierre-Noel Raspeguy, played by Anthony Quinn, attempts to resurrect his reputation in Algeria. Loyalty among his group of paratroopers begins to fracture when one of them, an Algerian, joins the National Liberation Front (FLN). Others grow disillusioned with counter-insurgency measures against civilians and the overall French colonial project. The film was banned in France until 1970.


Anthony Quinn

Alain Delon

George Segal

Michele Morgan

Maurice Ronet

Claudia Cardinale


Produced and Directed by Mark Robson

Written by Nelson Gidding

Cinematography by Robert Surtees

Edited by Dorothy Spencer

Music by Franz Waxman


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