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Platoon Leader (1988)

R | | War, Drama | October 1988 (USA)
A young officer, just out of West Point is sent to Vietnam, where the men don't respect him until he gets wounded and returns to be a wiser soldier and a better commander

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Raymond Bacera
Jesse Dabson ...
Joshua Parker
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Sgt. Robert Hayes
Tony Pierce ...
Jan Shultz
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Duffy
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Sgt. Roach
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Pvt. Don Pike
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Al Karaki ...
Kemp
Evan J. Klisser ...
Larsen
Evan Barker ...
Klinski
A.J. Smith ...
Lt. Riley
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West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, experiences the manual doesn't allow coping with all realities and gets wounded. He returns, now fully respect by men and superiors. Besides the Vietcong, the platoon wrestles with the inscrutable villagers, which the GIs officially protect, but also fear as some collaborate with them, other covertly with the Cong, either way subject to bloody reprisals. Written by KGF Vissers

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War | Drama

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October 1988 (USA)  »

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$1,348,771 (USA)
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Trivia

One of the few films made by Cannon Film Distributors that wasn't produced by either Menahem Golan or Yoram Globus. See more »

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The M16's used in this movie were not in use until well after the end of American involvement in the Vietnam War. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jeff Knight: What's it like?
Sgt. Michael McNamara: What's it like?
Sgt. Michael McNamara: You go out on patrol, and you kill a few of them.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: Then they kill a few of yours.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: Then you go back to base.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: Eat.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: Sleep.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: Next day, same thing.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: Before you know it, you're either dead, or you're going home.
Sgt. Michael McNamara: It's good.
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Written and Performed by Fontaine Brown
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I can't believe Platoon Leader is rated 4.4!!
21 December 2000 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

First of all I'd like to state my opinion that this movie does not deserve the 4.4 rating that has been thrust upon it. I read the book "Platoon Leader" by James McDoughal (I'm not sure if that's how you spell his last name), and it's one of the best "Vietnam experience" books I have ever read. Upon that note, I saw this movie at the video store and picked it up, not really knowing what to expect. Well, let me tell you that this is one of the better war out there. Especially when compared to a movie like Apocalypse Now (which is in my opinion one of the worst depictions of the situation in Vietnam ever produced). It realistically depicts the trials of a new infantry platoon leader in Vietnam as he arrives fresh out of West Point and must quickly learn the ropes of being a PL and at the same time earn the respect of his men.

Bottom line: this is a damn good movie. If you have any interest in Vietnam or war movies in general, I highly recommend it.


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