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Platoon -- 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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Writer:
Oliver Stone (written by)
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Release Date:
6 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The first casualty of war is innocence.
Plot:
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One Of The Best Movies Of The 1980s See more (488 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Keith David ... King

Forest Whitaker ... Big Harold

Francesco Quinn ... Rhah

Kevin Dillon ... Bunny

John C. McGinley ... Sgt. O'Neill
Reggie Johnson ... Junior

Mark Moses ... Lt. Wolfe
Corey Glover ... Francis

Johnny Depp ... Lerner
Chris Pedersen ... Crawford
Bob Orwig ... Gardner
Corkey Ford ... Manny
David Neidorf ... Tex

Tom Berenger ... Sgt. Barnes

Willem Dafoe ... Sgt. Elias

Charlie Sheen ... Chris

Richard Edson ... Sal

Tony Todd ... Warren
Kevin Eshelman ... Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain ... Ace
J. Adam Glover ... Sanderson
Ivan Kane ... Tony

Paul Sanchez ... Doc

Dale Dye ... Captain Harris
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
Li Thi Van ... Village Chief's Daughter
Clarisa Ortacio ... Old Woman
Romy Sevilla ... One-Legged Man
Mathew Westfall ... Terrified Soldier
Nick Nicholson ... Mechanized Soldier #1 (as Nick Nickelson)
Warren McLean ... Mechanized Soldier #2
Li Mai Thao ... Rape Victim
Ron Barracks ... Medic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
H. Gordon Boos ... Soldier with Mohawk Haircut (uncredited)

Brad Cassini ... Soldier (uncredited)
Mark Ebenhoch ... Ebenhoch (uncredited)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti ... Huffmeister (uncredited)
Eric Hahn ... Soldier (uncredited)

Oliver Stone ... Alpha Company Major in Bunker (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Stone 
 
Writing credits
Oliver Stone (written by)

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Derek Gibson .... executive producer
A. Kitman Ho .... co-producer
Arnold Kopelson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Richardson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Claire Simpson 
 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Warren McLean 
Bob Morones 
 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
 
Art Direction by
Rodell Cruz 
Sherman Williams  (as Doris Sherman Williams)
 
Makeup Department
Cecille Baun .... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
Derek Howard .... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects and visual continuity
Gionilda Stolee .... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
 
Production Management
Joe Constantino .... production manager
Cenón González .... unit manager (as Cenon Gonzales)
Graham Henderson .... executive in charge of production
Ooty Moorehead .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Pepito Diaz .... second assistant director
Evan Kopelson .... assistant director: second unit
Gerry Toomey .... key second assistant director
Tim Minear .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Francisco Balangue .... construction manager (as Francisco Belangue)
Romulo Bernales .... assistant property master
David Delina .... property master
Delio Dizon .... greensman
Angelito Felipe .... scenic chargeman
Dwight Gaston .... assistant set dresser
Neddie La Raquel .... assistant property master
Roy Lachica .... key set dresser
Teodoro Martin Sr. .... greensman
Gambino Payawal .... assistant construction manager (as Gavino Payawal)
Cesar Ramido .... master carpenter
Martin Raygon .... assistant set dresser
Alex Santa Maria .... master carpenter (as Alex Sta. Maria)
Reynaldo Velasco .... props radioman
 
Sound Department
David Campling .... sound editor
Gordon Daniel .... supervising sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
Venancio Goltiano .... cableman
Charles Grenzbach .... re-recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
Taffy Haines .... sound mixer: second unit
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
James J. Klinger .... sound editor
Anthony Palk .... sound editor (as Tony Palk)
Richard D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Donald Santos .... boom operator
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Steve Bartlett .... sound (uncredited)
Frank Fleming .... loader (uncredited)
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rudy Candaza .... special effects assistant
Yves De Bono .... special effects supervisor
Jimmy Intal .... special effects assistant
Felizardo Manaloto .... special effects assistant
Jose Marquez .... special effects assistant
Roland Salem .... special effects assistant (as Rolando Salem)
Boy Terrado .... special effects assistant
Andrew Wilson .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Gil Arceo .... stunt coordinator
Alex Cabodil .... stunts
Mark Ebenhoch .... stunts (as Mark K. Ebenhoch)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti .... stunts (as Robert M. Galotti Jr.)
Joseph Ramos .... stunts
Rolly Silong .... stunts
Sonny Tuazon .... stunts
Leony Vidal .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mel Araojo .... film loader
Rene Balicas .... dolly grip
Rufo Ballos Balicas .... best boy grip (as Rufo Balicas)
Victor Cecogo .... clapper
Ernesto Enríquez .... assistant electrician (as Ernesto Enriquez)
James Finnerty .... grip (as Jim Finnerty)
James Fitzpatrick .... gaffer
Ricky Francisco .... still photographer
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera
Celebrando Raymundo .... best boy electrician (as Celebrado Raymundo)
Charlie Rebolledo .... generator operator
George Rosales .... additional assistant camera
Caloy Salcedo .... additional assistant camera
Newton Thomas Sigel .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Sigel)
Roland Neveu .... special photographer (uncredited)
Sandi Sissel .... director of photography: 'b' unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mike Ambrosio .... wardrobe assistant (as Mike Ambrocio)
Wynn Arenas .... wardrobe supervisor
Maria Cecina .... tailor
Jim Elyea .... additional wardrobe
Fidel Javier .... wardrobe assistant
Kathryn Morrison .... costumier
Tess Quismundo .... tailor
 
Editorial Department
David Brenner .... first assistant editor (as David S. Brenner)
Tom Finan .... associate editor
Julie Monroe .... assistant editor
Toto Natividad .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Ben Salvador .... apprentice editor
Frederick S. Taylor .... apprentice editor
Ron Wengler .... color timer (as Ronald Wengler)
Henry Yamballa .... master cutter
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Richard Stone .... supervising music editor: Segue Music
Joanne Weiss .... music coordinator
Georges Delerue .... conductor (uncredited)
Georges Delerue .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Franco .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Roger Monk .... score mixer (uncredited)
John Richards .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ben Cañalita .... assistant transportation captain (as Ben Canalita)
Primo Guina .... transportation captain (as Firmo Guina)
 
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... motion picture banking: Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederland
Joe Alonsabe .... location auditor
Linda Angeles .... nurse
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Bobby Buensalida .... craft service
Kathryn Clayton .... assistant military technical advisor
Pierre David .... production executive
Angelica De Leon .... production coordinator
Bernardo Delina .... wrangler
Cesar Dominguez .... chief armorer
Dale Dye .... technical advisor: military (as Captain Dale Dye United States Marine Corp. {Ret.})
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant accountant
Mark Ebenhoch .... assistant military technical advisor (as Mark K. Ebenhoch)
Diosdado Figueroa .... assistant armorer
Sylvia Gajardo .... bookkeeper
Robert 'Rock' Galotti .... assistant military technical advisor (as Robert M. Galotti Jr.)
Anne G. Garcia .... production secretary
Eusebio Garcia .... liaison: Philippine military
Matt Gatson .... production liaison: Los Angeles
Carrie Hughes .... travel arrangements: Trudy Salven Travel International
Robert Jellen .... insurance provided by: Albert G. Ruben & Co. Inc. (as Robert A. Jellen)
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... Philippine coordinator
John Kerr .... key production assistant
David Lowe .... legal services: Beresford, Lowe & Co.
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Suzette Montalban .... cashier
Eliong Munoz .... assistant armorer
Nick Nicholson .... production assistant (as Nick Nickelson)
Orlando Nui .... security
Jerry O'Hara .... location manager
Ben Pagar .... wrangler
Dondi Pangilinan .... assistant armorer
Dan Perri .... title designer
Steven Rodgers .... production assistant (as Steve Rodgers)
Mayes C. Rubeo .... assistant: Arnold Kopelson (as Mayes Rubeo)
Elizabeth Stone .... assistant: Oliver Stone
Doc Tizon .... assistant armorer (as Roman 'Doc' Tizon)
Antonio V. Torralba .... doctor (as Dr. Antonio V. Torralba)
Gigi Vitan .... production assistant
Stanley White .... assistant military technical advisor (as Stanley White U.S.M.C. {Ret.})
Wynne Wicker .... technical advisor: Vietnamese
Jane Aguirre .... government liasion (uncredited)
Mark Birmingham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Oli Laperal Jr. .... equipment coordinator (uncredited)
Nick Nicholson .... helicopter choreographer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michael Cimino .... special thanks
Mary Colquhoun .... special thanks
Charles Ryan .... special thanks: Bart-Milander Associates Inc. (as Charles W. Ryan)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
120 min
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Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (Special Edition DVD) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:15 | Israel:PG | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R (original rating) | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2001) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (PCA #28241) | Vietnam:(Banned) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Oliver Stone remembered that while casting the movie, Kris Kristofferson was thrown around by some as a potential 'Sgt. Elias', since he was in real-life close to the character in type, and had been an Airborne Ranger. Stone, however, was not keen, as Kristofferson was "way too old" and had not had a hit movie since Convoy (1978).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene where the men are playing cards, one of the men is looking at a Playboy from March 1971, despite the film taking place in 1967.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
ADAGIO FOR STRINGSSee more »

FAQ

Is there a Nazi flag on the American tank? Why?
What's with the booby trap that kills Sal and Sanderson?
What happened to the men of the platoon?
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144 out of 195 people found the following review useful.
One Of The Best Movies Of The 1980s, 3 September 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

The 1980s in general and the mid 1980s in particular aren't highly regarded where pop culture is concerned , this is most especially true in cinema where films seemed to be written around their soundtrack in much the same way as Hollywood movies nowadays seem to be written around their special effects . PLATOON is one of the very few films from that period that has an emotional impact , an impact that it still retains while watching it in 2003.

Everyone else seems to have mentioned what makes PLATOON a classic anti-war ( Note it's anti-war , not anti American or anti soldier ) movie along with being a classic movie , so I won't go over old ground except to say THAT death scene is up there with all the other tear jerking scenes from 20th century cinema , don't be ashamed to say you cried

If PLATOON has a flaw it's in its duality , there's the good Sarge/bad Sarge , good officer/bad officer , good white guy/bad white guy , good black guy/bad black boy etc which is maybe a bit clichéd and possibly leads me to believe Stone is making an excuse/reason that the Americans lost in Vietnam because that spent so much fighting each other rather than the VC ( Though I do concede I'm possibly misinterpreting that as an excuse or even a reason since no one will confuse the politics of Stone with the politics of John Wayne ) while Taylor's character comes across as being more of a literary device rather than a real human being , but these are minor flaws

It's a shame to see war films from the last few years devoid of scathing anti-war sentiments like the ones seen here . PLATOON screams at you " War is hell and whatever the rights and wrongs of conflict you need a bloody good reason to wage war . Vietnam wasn't a good enough reason to sacrifice human lives "

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