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Platoon (1986)

R  |   |  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 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Platoon  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$137,963,328 (USA)

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(Dolby Stereo)


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1.85 : 1
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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #86 Greatest Movie of All Time. See more »


During the scene where Chris (Charlie Sheen) gets his second taste of marijuana through the shotgun barrel handled by Elias (Willem Dafoe), Elias first racks the slide back and forwards, meaning the bolt is now closed. However, when Elias starts to blow smoke into the barrel the bolt is now at the back position and open. In order for Elias to truly use the shotgun to blow smoke through the barrel the shotgun bolt would have to be at the open position..Meaning the "back and forwards" slide of the shotgun in the beginning of the scene was a editing error. See more »


[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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Written by Samuel Barber
Arranged and Conducted by Georges Delerue
Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc.
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One of Oliver Stone's best films
21 July 2001 | by (Manhattan,New York) – See all my reviews

Platoon left me absolutely numb after watching it. Oliver Stone,(Who in fact did serve in Vietnam) did a fantastic job telling this story of the horrors and the insanity of the Vietnam war. What's to be admired about this film, is that Stone doesn't sweet-talk the story, with the good old American boys fighting for their country and facing brutality, instead he brings up a strong morality and humanity issue. It's wasn't all black and white, it wasn't one person was wrong, one was right, there was all shades of gray in between. He uses the characters of Sergeant Barnes and Sergeant Elias (both played brilliantly) as symbols of good and evil clashing into one another. Charlie Sheen (Chris, the narrator of the story) is in a sense torn between both, they are both a part of him as he tries to deal with things falling apart all around him. Vietnam was a senseless war, and Platoon tries to understand why we went through it and how we ever got through it.

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