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Surprised It Was Quite Good
Watched yesterday,knew only a few actors.Jack Sernas (?) just recently died this year.Volunteers parachute into war area,risking lives to try to defend French position in Vietnam,sort of like our mission in the 60s and 70s,which was winnable,but we weren't allowed to do all we could,and the ensuing loss of lives that resulted,and tragic result to our own troops.French troops expected allied help,which of course never came,so abandoned their goal in Vietnam until we took over soon after.
McCarthy Era Perspective on History
Well done, but the fact the McCarthy Era blacklist was in full swing can't help but influence the POV. The French were trying to re-assert colonial rule over a people who had been fighting for freedom and independence for more than a quarter century against French, Japanese, and French occupation. Enjoy the film as cinema, but be careful of any movie version of history.
"Begining of a Pilgrimage to Dien Bien Phu"
- Steve Truschel
I first saw "Jump Into Hell" on a local television station in Los Angeles in 1963. I have been fascinated with this historical event ever since. Warner Brothers Studios did a fine job splicing actual combat footage of the battle of Dien Bien Phu into this movie, and the role of General Christian De Castries - the French commander of the fortress - which was played by Arnold Moss was superb! Over the years I have devoured books, magazine articles, anything I could find on this battle which lasted from November, 1953 until the French defeat on May 7, 1954. I conducted interviews with a few French veterans of Dien Bien Phu as well. My research culminated in a "pelerinage" ( pilgrimage ) to the battlefield in 2004 to commemorate the sacrifices of the men and officers of the French Union Forces who fought against communism in Indochina - the same dedication of this film. I truly wish T.C.M. would add "Jump Into Hell" to its film library soon. Steve Truschel Austin, Texas April 20, 2012
LITTLE KNOWN GOOD FILM
- ROBERT SANCHEZ
AN EXCELLENT REALALISTIC WAR FILM ALMOST DOCUMANTRY, FOR ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURIES MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS FILMED BY THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD KNOW BEST THE FRENCH. IT IS THE ONLY FEATURE FILM I AM AWARE OF ABOUT THE EPIC AND WORLD CHANGING BATTLE WHICH DECIDED THE DIRECTION OF SOUHEAST ASIA. THE FILM WOULD BE VERY POPULAR NOW A HALF CENTURY LATER IF IT WERE GIVEN PLAY ON TCM. IT IS IN THE SAME CLASS AS BATTLE FOR ALGIERS WHICH PLAYS TCM ONLY BETTER! THIS IS AN IMPORTANT AND AUTHENTIC HISTORIC FILM AS WELL AS A GREAT ACTION MOVIE. IF OBTAINABLE TCM SHOULD ADD THIS TO THE REGULAR LINE-UP.THIS FILM IS A FULL 4 STARS!