Director Pierre Schoendoerffer grippingly brings the close of the French war in Indochina to the screen in his portrayal of two officers and a group of Laotian soldiers serving under them in 1954. The inexperienced Lt Torrens, in overall command, has just arrived in Vietnam, and is reliant on his adjutant Willsdorf, an Alsatian who fought with the German Army during World War II. When the platoon is ordered to abandon a highland outpost and rejoin larger French forces, they soon find themselves behind enemy lines, outgunned, and in the path of a crushing Viet Minh offensive…
The director and his cinematographer Raoul Coutard both served in the war. Schoendoerffer adapted the script from his own novel of the same name published in 1963, and shot the film in Cambodia a year later as America’s involvement in Vietnam started to escalate.
Historian Antony Beevor in The Guardian wrote:
In my view, the greatest war movie ever made is The 317th Platoon…This was the original “platoon movie”, whose format later directors followed but failed to match in its portrayal of characters and their interaction, to say nothing of the moral choices and the corruption of combat.
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Subtitles:English, French SDH (srt).