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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
Daniel Demorest ...
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 is hell. This was worse...

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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

Originally filmed under the title "NAM" before being changed to "Platoon Leader" to cash in on the success of Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986). 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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This movie is underrated probably because of the prejudices held by critics against Michael Dudikoff. Though his acting is widely thought to be mediocre (it is), he shines in this movie. "Platoon Leader" is gripping fare and deserves more respect than it currently garners. It is not just another throwaway Vietnam movie. It is, in fact, entertaining and is required viewing for any fan of action movies. 5/10


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