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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 »
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Hell is the impossibility of reason See more (477 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)
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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)
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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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:
Shot in only 54 days.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the last battle, Sergeant O'Neill hides behind a dead body. As he pulls the body over him, the body's eyes are closed but when we see O'Neill peeking out, the eyes are open.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Casualties of War' (2001) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
ADAGIO FOR STRINGSSee more »

FAQ

What is the song...?
Is there a German Army Nazi flag at the end of the movie in the American vehicle? Why?
Why did Taylor drop a grenade after the battle was over?
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36 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Hell is the impossibility of reason, 10 June 2010
Author: Julkka from Finland

Why I think Platoon is probably the best war movie Hollywood ever made? Because it's very humane. I mean it. The director sees all his characters as victims of war rather than heroes or villains. Have a closer look at 'em.

Taylor has no power inside himself and is torn between the two fathers; he ends up with a physical act of revenge. This is not what one father taught him - and the other father is actually murdered by him.

Sgt. Barnes would never fit the postwar life and knew it damn too well himself; after all, he is not a fool although might seem a senseless killing machine at first sight. Vietnamese bullets could not kill him, his talent for survival being his enemy. So, he attempts kinda suicide twice (at least) begging others to kill him and thus end the pain tearing him from inside: first, in the potheads' bunker scene after Taylor's accusations; then, when Taylor finds him in the final scene.

Sgt. Elias was far too good to survive the Nam and maybe even challenged and annoyed lifers on purpose, waiting for some bob barnes to hit back :) It's a pity Stone excluded the stars' scene monologue which explains pretty much about Elias' ways and view of the future. In fact, for himself he sees no future. Not in this world that is all about betrayal and killing.

Bunny and Junior, one the embodiment of somewhat sadistic bravery and the other of cowardice. Their deaths are partly a morality, partly to show that it does not matter if you're black or white, brave or cowardly, war makes no difference wiping off everyone it can.

King, Big Harold, Francis are survivors yet victims, too. What is awaiting them in the "real" world where nobody understands and nobody respects anything? They are dreaming of a comeback to music, girlfriends, fun time - but reality bites, and who knows, will they find their spot under the sun or will be forced to use the skills obtained in the Nam and get engaged in crime and drug abuse?

Red O'Neill talking about his ability to predict if a guy is gonna make it or not. A reflection of his own fears: shall I stay alive and get out of here or not. The odds are that he is not, and Stone nails him to the place with Captain's order to take over what was once the Platoon... Bye Patsy.

The idea that Stone has been trying to bring forward to us is NOT (to my mind) a story of struggle between the good and the bad for the possession of Taylor's soul (remember, the boy became a murderer in the end), but: where is war there can be no escape. Leave hope everyone who enters.

Highest rate ever for that.

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