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
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Joshua Parker
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Sgt. Robert Hayes
Tony Pierce ...
Jan Shultz
Daniel Demorest ...
Duffy
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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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The only film directed by Aaron Norris to not have his brother Chuck Norris in it. 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 »

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Raymond Bacera: Death is the ultimate alarm clock man, Wakes you up.
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one of Dudikoff's best
11 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

PLATOON LEADER is one of Dudikoff's best movies, perhaps because, since it was a rare theatrical release, more attention was given to make sure it was well-done. You really get a sense of what the war in Vietnam was like for the soldiers there, with hair-raising jungle ambushes and close calls. Naturally, the guys at the base don't take too kindly to Dudikoff when he first arrives, but ultimately grow to respect him, something I've really grown tired of seeing in the movies. But the battle scenes are well-executed, the direction by Aaron Norris (Chuck's brother) nothing special but good, and the music heroic and uplifting. War movie fans should enjoy it.


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