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Platoon (1986) Poster

(1986)

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Edited into 

Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (2012)
scenes are taken from this film

Spin-off 

Platoon (1987) (Video Game)

References 

Pinocchio (1940)
Moby Dick (1956)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
In an interview, director Ruggero Deodato said the scene where the village is burned down is heavily referenced in "Platoon". Also, according to Deodato, Oliver Stone is a confessed fan of "Cannibal Holocaust".

Referenced in 

Edge of the Axe (1988)
A character has a Platoon poster on the wall.
Zombi 3 (1988)
Glitch! (1988)
T.C. (To DuBois): "I didn't catch your name in the 'Platoon' credits."
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
The title is shown on a theater's info board above the main entrance.
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) (Video Game)
Gray Fox was modeled to look like Sgt. Barnes, Tom Berenger's character in Platoon. They even have the same deep scars.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Musso & Frank (1990) (TV Episode)
Frank picks out "Platoon" to rent at Mondo Video.
Siskel & Ebert: The Hunt for Red October/House Party/Courage Mountain/Rosalie Goes Shopping/Too Beautiful for You (1990) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert wonders what Charlie Sheen is doing in "Courage Mountain" (1990) after making movies like this one.
L.A. Law: Splatoon (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Splitting Heirs (1993)
Henry describes "Miss Saigon" as "kind of a 'Sound of Music' meets 'Platoon.'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Warrior of the Lost World (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I was born of two fathers... Elias & Megaweapon."
True Romance (1993)
dialogue
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I was born of two fathers... Elias & Megaweapon."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Tom
Forrest Gump (1994)
Stargate (1994)
Saturday Night Live: Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Directors on Directing
Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Dennis asks Charlie Sheen if he met a lot of Vietnam vets when he did this film.
StarCraft (1998) (Video Game)
The Godson (1998)
StarCraft: Brood War (1998) (Video Game)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Data says "Saddle up, lock and load" just like Barnes does at the beginning of Platoon.
Viewer Discretion Advised (1998)
In Viewer Discretion Advised, the psychiatrist mentions Platoon by name.
King of the Hill: As Old as the Hills (1999) (TV Episode)
Hank mentions that he rented this movie and asks Peggy if she wants to watch it.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
At one point Smecker gets down on his knees and stretches his hands up against the sky. Much like his character in Platoon did right before he was shot
Spaced: Battles (1999) (TV Episode)
The camera shots and angles when Tim looks around the corner when paintballing to see his nemesis.
Behind the Rules of Engagement (2000) (Video)
The narrator says that Dale Dye was the technical advisor of this film.
Under the Bunker: On the Set of 'Three Kings' (2000) (Video)
referenced in documentary
The King of Queens: Paint Misbehavin' (2001) (TV Episode)
Carrie's shooting references Elias' death scene: slowmotion, music reminiscent of Barber's Adagio for Strings, Carrie's raised arms, Doug's betrayal getting her shot etc.
Spaced: Gone (2001) (TV Episode)
Music from this film plays as people are "shot down" in the gun miming scene.
The Making of 'Casualties of War' (2001) (Video)
mentioned once
Big Fat Liar (2002)
Vince boasts about his flying experience from 41 combat missions in Vietnam, which Wolf misinterprets as a "sob story" similar to the war epic
Becker: Chris' Ex (2003) (TV Episode)
John rents a VHS of this film for his movie night.
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Girl Next Door (2004)
A "minion" falls while running down hall shooting movie at the prom. This is an homage to a battle scene in Platoon. The DVD trivia track makes reference to this fact.
Stateside (2004)
A junior enlisted character's moral and mental digestion during military service with combat action looming ahead.
The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) (Video)
mentioned once in extended version
Resident Evil 4 (2005) (Video Game)
Krauser is identical in voice, facial structure, and facials scars to Tom Berenger's character in Platoon, Sgt, Barnes
Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Green Day (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Spy Glass
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the films on the list
Entourage: The Bat Mitzvah (2005) (TV Episode)
Terence mentions the film
Family Guy: Peter's Got Woods (2005) (TV Episode)
Peter says "The guy from Platoon?" Brain replies with "Charlie Sheen"
Roll Bounce (2005)
When Tori is water-ballooned, she strikes the same pose as Sgt. Elias when he is shot by SSG. Barnes.
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Pasta Point of No Return (2006) (Short)
The operatic slo-mo death in the finale
Smother (2007)
Myron mentions this while talking about his screenplay.
Rambo (2008)
Referenced in dialogue
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 27 March 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This film is referenced during a repeat of a 'Great American Culture Quiz' segment.
Generation Kill: Combat Jack (2008) (TV Episode)
quote from the movie used
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Lazarus' line "If the machine breaks down, WE break down." was spoken by Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger) in Platoon
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness (2008) (Video)
Discussed.
Kevin Smith: Sold Out - A Threevening with Kevin Smith (2008) (Video)
Kevin compares Die Hard 4 director Len Wiseman with Willem Dafoe or Tom Berenger in Platoon
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.19 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a $500 question
Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009)
The movie is mentioned
My Israeli Platoon (2009) (Video)
title reference
How I Met Your Mother: Jenkins (2010) (TV Episode)
"Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber is played when Ted's students are suffering from their hangover. They look like wounded soldiers.
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010) (Video)
Mentioned in dialogue by Lester
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.97 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,200 clue in the category "Of War"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.59 (2010) (TV Episode)
a fake headline says Richard Blumenthal admitted that he didn't go to Vietnam, but he did rent "Platoon"
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Super (2010)
The Crimson Bolt does Platunes portion before throwing the pipe bombs at Jacques men
Children of the Green Dragon (2010)
movie mentioned in dialog
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) (Video Game)
Woods' Vietnam outfit
The Nostalgia Critic: Ferngully 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
"That was like the kangaroo version of Platoo"
Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus/The Strokes (2011) (TV Episode)
In the "Duh! Winning!" cold opening, Charlie Sheen (Bill Hader) says that he feels like he could be in "Platoon 2: Electric Platoonaloo."
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Roger's 1986 review of the film is shown during the closing credits
Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV Movie)
Poster is shown.
Special Collector's Edition: The Ring (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of DVD & Blu-Ray releases of April/May
Community: For a Few Paintballs More (2011) (TV Episode)
After the paint is released through the sprinklers, Troy is seen down on his knees... much like Willem Dafoe's death scene in Platoon (1986).
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.213 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Charlie Sheen was in the film
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011) (Video)
Poster shown
Justified: Coalition (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Holliston: Candyman: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Tony Todd raps about having been in Platoon.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.177 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Charlie Sheen was in the film
Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012)
mentioned in dialogue
The True Story: Platoon (2013) (TV Episode)
Documentary about the inspirations behind the screenplay
Blood and Guts with Scott Ian: Scott Ian Sets Sh*t on Fire with Ron Trost (2013) (TV Episode)
Ron Trost mentions a scene in Platoon as an example of blood-bags making the subsequent squibs obvious.
Warehouse 13: Parks and Rehabilitation (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Veep: Helsinki (2013) (TV Episode)
Roger Furlong says the film is one of Oliver Stone's good ones.
Evil Easter 3: The Final Easter (2013) (Short)
The famous shot a soldier being shot and holding his arms to the sky in slow motion is recreated in regular motion.
Fresh Meat: Episode #3.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
Vod mentions watching 'Platoon' on her fifth birthday.
Last Man Standing: Renaming Boyd's School (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions watching it with Boyd
Film 2014: Episode dated 30 January 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Lone Survivor (2013)
JonTron: Home Alone Games (2014) (TV Episode)
"Pete Townshed! Risky Business! End of Platoon! Risky Business again!"

Featured in 

The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) (TV Special)
clips
The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) (TV Special)
Oliver Stone: Inside Out (1992) (TV Movie)
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #83 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #72 on the list.
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Hollywood Vietnam (2005) (TV Movie)
Featured on the Vietnam War movie documentary.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #86 on the list.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
The Nostalgia Critic: Ferngully 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
"Ferngully 2" features the kangaroo version of "Platoon"
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us: Masters of the Universe (2013) (TV Episode)
Includes footage of Oliver Stone's "Most '80s" films.

Spoofed in 

Hot Shots! (1991)
The Ben Stiller Show: With Sarah Jessica Parker (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Platunes" portion of the "Oliver Stoneland" segment
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
'Charlie Sheen' much like his role in Platoon, has a letter to his grandmother that is read as a voice over, describing "Somebody once wrote: Hell is the impossibility of reason. That's what this place feels like. Hell".
Heavy Weights (1995)
Letter to grandmother concerning 'hellish' conditions
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Five - Satan Claus III: The 13th Day of Christmas (1996) (TV Movie)
When Detective Mandy is escaping on the boat, but looks back to see Kato the Great Zombie Hunter running in slow motion, being chased by zombies, it is a parody of the death of Sgt. Elias in Platoon (1986), including the slow motion running, repeated falls and final lunge with the arms in the air.
Seinfeld: The Fatigues (1996) (TV Episode)
"Adagio for Strings" plays during Frank Costanza's war flashback, in homage to its use during Sargeant Elias's death in the earlier film.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Gene raises arms in the exact same fashion as Elias in Platoon during his speech about being yourself.
Spaced: Back (2001) (TV Episode)
The quick scene of Mike running, then dropping to his knees and shouting "WHYYYYY?!!!!!!"
Elf (2003)
Elf snowball fight Elf snipes a runaway, from Platoon My Lai, the shooting of a runaway
Night Time Picnic (2006)
When Koichiro Takami falls, he acts like a classic scene of this movie
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The film being made depicts Tugg's character dying in a similar pose as Elias
The New Adventures of Old Christine: What Happens in Vegas Is Disgusting in Vegas (2009) (TV Episode)
In the Lazer Tag war, Matthew "dies" doing his best (still not that great) impersonation of Willem Dafoe's iconic scene.
Planet 51 (2009)
Many of the soldiers at Base 9 during Captain Baker interrogation are parodies of the soldiers of this movie.
The Big Bang Theory: The Skank Reflex Analysis (2011) (TV Episode)
When Sheldon dies playing paintball, he does so posing like the iconic picture seen in the movie (and in the poster).

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