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45 Ratings

The 317th Platoon

La 317ème section

Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer
France, Spain, 1965
War, Drama


In Vietnam, 1954, a French platoon isolated behind enemy lines tries to come back. It is led by the inexperienced, idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht.

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The 317th Platoon Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer

Critics reviews

This is a staggeringly engrossing and effective movie, its settings both beautiful and oppressive, its incidents tense and eye-opening. There are no philosophical musings, no what-are-we-fighting-for debates. It’s all about getting out in one piece as the odds of doing so get worse every hour. A terse text at the film’s end is a gruesome, ironic twist on the adage about living to fight another day.
August 09, 2018
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