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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Oliver Stone, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen


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Oliver Stone's breakthrough as a director, Platoon is a brutally realistic look at a young soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a college student who quits school to volunteer for the Army in the late '60s. He's shipped off to Vietnam, where he serves with a culturally diverse group of fellow soldiers under two men who lead theSee more details below


Oliver Stone's breakthrough as a director, Platoon is a brutally realistic look at a young soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a college student who quits school to volunteer for the Army in the late '60s. He's shipped off to Vietnam, where he serves with a culturally diverse group of fellow soldiers under two men who lead the platoon: Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger), whose facial scars are a mirror of the violence and corruption of his soul, and Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe), who maintains a Zen-like calm in the jungle and fights with both personal and moral courage even though he no longer believes in the war. After a few weeks "in country," Taylor begins to see the naïveté of his views of the war, especially after a quick search for enemy troops devolves into a round of murder and rape. Unlike Hollywood's first wave of Vietnam movies (including The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Coming Home), Platoon is a grunt's-eye view of the war, touching on moral issues but focusing on the men who fought the battles and suffered the wounds. In this sense, it resembles older war movies more than its Vietnam peers, as it mixes familiar elements of onscreen battle with small realistic details: bugs, jungle rot, exhaustion, C-rations, marijuana, and counting the days before you go home. This mix of traditional war movie elements with a contemporary sensibility won Platoon four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, and a reputation as one of the definitive modern war films.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
Whatever one thinks about Oliver Stone as a filmmaker, activist, or human being, there is no denying the brilliance of this, his finest film. A harrowing war tale based on Stone's own experiences as an enlisted man during the Vietnam War, Platoon is more closely attuned than previous Vietnam pictures to the viewpoints of the poor and minority soldiers who fought in the Indochinese trenches. There's no question that Stone rejects the domestic politics that drove the war, underscored by the increasing disillusionment of his surrogate character: Charlie Sheen as Pvt. Chris Taylor. But Platoon, which won Stone an Academy Award for Best Director, tells its simple story with such emotion and vigor that the larger political issues don't really come into play. As a new recruit, Sheen finds himself caught up in the struggle for the platoon's soul between Sgt. Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe) and Staff Sgt. Bob Barnes (Tom Berenger). Elias, a savvy soldier with a stoner's soul and a saintly aura, is clearly at a disadvantage against Barnes, a killing machine with a deeply scarred face and the advantage of rank. One of them will die in Nam, and with Samuel Barber's heartrending Adagio for Strings swelling in the background, so will the shreds of Pvt. Taylor's innocence. As his father did in Apocalypse Now, Sheen brings laconic intensity to the jungle, while Dafoe and Berenger provide the more explosive performances. Both earned Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and the film won the Best Picture award. Upon reflection nearly two decades later, there's no question that Platoon richly deserves the accolades it earned in its day. It remains among the most deeply moving and visceral war films of all time.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Platoon is remembered for the striking realism with which it recreated the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of the U.S. soldier. At stark contrast are the story's two protagonists, played by Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, the latter at peace with himself despite the hostilities around him, the former representing the corruption of ideals that defined American participation in the war. The film established Oliver Stone as a major director and boosted the careers of several cast members, including Charlie Sheen, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp. Delivering as the favorite at the Oscars, Platoon took four statues in the seven categories in which it was nominated, including one for Stone and for Best Picture.

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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Oliver Stone; Audio commentary by military advisor Dale Dye; Deleted and exnteded scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone; Flashback to Platoon: Snapshot in time: 1967 - 1968; creating the 'Nam; raw wounds: the legacy of Platoon; Documentaries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Sgt. Barnes
Willem Dafoe Sgt. Elias Grodin
Charlie Sheen Chris Taylor
Forest Whitaker Big Harold
Francesco Quinn Rhah
Kevin Dillon Bunny
Richard Edson Sal
John C. McGinley Sgt. O'Neill
Reggie Johnson Junior
Keith David King
Johnny Depp Lerner
David Neidorf Tex
Adam J. Glover Sanderson
Li Mai Thao Rape Victim
Li Thi Van Village Chief's Daughter
Nick Nicholson Mechanized Soldier
Chris Pederson Crawford
Matthew Westfall Terrified Soldier
Corkey Ford Manny
Mark Moses Lt. Wolfe
Corey Glover Francis
Bob Orwig Gardner
Tony Todd Warren
Kevin Eshelman Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain Ace
Ivan Kane Tony
Paul Sanchez Doc
Peter Hicks Parker
Basile Achara Flash
Steve Barredo Fu Sheng
Chris Castillejo Rodriguez
Andrew B. Clark Tubbs
Bernardo Manalili Village Chief
Than Rogers Village Chief's Wife
Clarisa Ortacio Old Woman
Romy Sevilla One-Legged Man
Warren McLean Mechanized Soldier #2
Ron Barracks Medic
Oliver Stone Officer in Bunker
Dale Dye Capt. Harris

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Screenwriter
Gil Arceo Stunts
Cecille Baun Makeup
Rodell Cruz Art Director
John Daly Executive Producer
Yves de Bono Special Effects
Georges Delerue Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Pat Golden Casting
Merle Haggard Songwriter
A. Kitman Ho Co-producer
Simon Kaye Sound Mixer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Warren McLean Casting
Bob Morones Casting
Richard Boyle Screenwriter
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Claire Simpson Editor
Grace Slick Songwriter
Gordon J. Smith Makeup
Marvin Tarplin Songwriter
Doris Sherman Williams Art Director

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