After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird.
In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.
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 Wehrmacht.
A young officer, just out of West Point is sent to Vietnam, where the men don't respect him until he gets wounded and returns to be a wiser soldier and a better commander