The 317th Platoon

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The 317th Platoon
Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer
Produced by Georges de Beauregard
Benito Perojo
Written by Pierre Schoendoerffer
Starring Jacques Perrin
Cinematography Raoul Coutard
Edited by Armand Psenny
Release date
  • 31 March 1965 (1965-03-31)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French

The 317th Platoon (French: La 317ème section) is a 1965 French war film set during the First Indochina War (1946–54) written and directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer. The film was based on Schoendoerffer's 1963 novel of the same name.



It was entered into the 1965 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Screenplay.[1] In 2018, military historian Antony Beevor named The 317th Platoon as "the greatest war movie ever made", "followed closely by 1966's The Battle of Algiers".[2]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The 317th Platoon". Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Antony Beevor: the greatest war movie ever – and the ones I can't bear". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 

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