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Platoon (1986)

 -  Drama | War  -  6 February 1987 (USA)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

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Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. Written by Jeremy Thomson

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The first casualty of war is innocence.

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$137,963,328 (USA)
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According to his DVD commentary, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped on is based on an incident in which Oliver Stone intervened in an assault on a villager in Nam. See more »

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The characters in the movie are in the Army, but on the cover, the dog tags that make up the two "O"s in Platoon read USMC. See more »

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[first lines]
Pvt. Gardner: [seeing body bags] Oh, man. Is that what I think it is?
Sergeant: All right, you cheese-dicks, welcome to the Nam. Follow me!
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Composed by Grace Slick
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Best Vietnam War movie you can see
22 January 2005 | by (Huntington, WV) – See all my reviews

Platoon is a must see for any fan of war movies. The film that put Stone on the map, Platoon is considered by Vietnam Vets as the most realistic (my father having been one of them). But in keeping the maxim of giving credit where credit is due, much of the success of Platoon belongs to military adviser Captain Dale Dye, who has been linked to pretty much every great war movie in the last twenty years. Much accolades to Tom Berenger as well, whose performance as Sgt. Barnes is the tour de force of his career (the scene in the village towards the end of the movie is brutal, befitting the character). With a great script, great performances, and awesome cinematography, Platoon is a surefire classic.


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