Platoon (1986) Poster



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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Platoon (1987) (Video Game)


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 

Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Percy Sledge (1987) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Bill Muray on Weekend Update
At the Movies: Previews of Coming Attractions (1987) (TV Episode)
Dallas: Bedtime Stories (1987) (TV Episode)
The film is advertised on a cinema marquee in the Galleria.
Prison (1987)
Lasagna's death.
At the Movies: Wall Street/Throw Momma from the Train/Broadcast News/Empire of the Sun (1987) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Wall Street" review.
Cannibal Hookers (1987)
Poster is shown in a store.
At the Movies: The Couch Trip/For Keeps/Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam/Rent-a-Cop/The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam" review.
At the Movies: Little Nikita/Vice Versa/D.O.A./Off Limits/Stand and Deliver (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Off Limits" review.
Edge of the Axe (1988)
A character has a Platoon poster on the wall.
Zombie 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.
At the Movies: The Naked Gun/Dakota/Mississippi Burning/Vincent (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Mississippi Burning" review.
At the Movies: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced when discussing "Mississippi Burning".
At the Movies: Always/Music Box/Born on the Fourth of July/Tango and Cash/Camille Claudel (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Born on the Fourth of July" review.
At the Movies: The Best Films of 1989 (1989) (TV Episode)
At the Movies: 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.
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.
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)
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)
At the Movies: Saving Private Ryan/The Parent Trap/Jane Austen's Mafia!/Disturbing Behavior (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Saving Private Ryan" review.
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.
At the Movies: You've Got Mail/Down in the Delta/The Thin Red Line/A Civil Action/Affliction (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Thin Red Line" review.
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
Highway (2002)
John McGinley's character says he was in Nam
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.
South Park: Up the Down Steroid (2004) (TV Episode)
The use of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" in a scene of violence.
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
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (2007) (Video)
mentioned as a Vietnam movie in connection with Rubin's screenplay for the Vietnam-related movie Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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.
Smother (2008)
Myron mentions this while talking about his screenplay.
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)
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
Micmacs (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
American Dad!: In Country... Club (2009) (TV Episode)
The theme of Platoon, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, is played in the background.
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 War You Don't See (2010)
mentioned as exemple of hollywood propaganda
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
23:59 (2011)
Poster seen in the barracks
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 Real 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 2017: 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!"
Veep: Detroit (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Title on cinema marquee.
All This Mayhem (2014)
This film is referred to.
While We're Young (2014)
A VHS copy of the film is seen.
Last Man Standing: Helen Potts (2015) (TV Episode)
(Mike,talking about Ed) He's less "Platoon" and more "Full Metal Filing Cabinet"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Martin Short/Ruth Wilson/Walk the Moon (2015) (TV Episode)
Ruth Wilson reenacts Elias' death scene from the movie, as she did when she was a child
500 Questions: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "'80s Films" category
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.15 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
The Cinema Snob: Staying Alive (2015) (TV Episode)
"Either he's been shot again or he's the poster for Platoon."
The Revenant (2015)
Tom Hardy's portrayal of John Fitzgerald was influenced by Tom Berenger in Platoon.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.19 (2016) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question
The Cinema Snob: Zombi 3 (2016) (TV Episode)
"How do you like my impression of Willem Dafoe from Platoon?"
Lance Hool on 'Wolf Lake' (2016) (Video)
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.76 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Time: The 1980s" category
Jesus, Bro! (2017)
Mentioned by Willie.
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Filmmaker Matt Reeves said this film was an inspiration for the film.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Robocop Games (2017) (TV Episode)
Listed as an R-rated movie that got turn into a family friendly NES game.
Brothers in Arms (2018)
'30th' Platoon Documentary featuring the entire cast reuinted with orginal cast
Jay Leno's Garage: Cult Classics (2019) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that "The Wraith" came out around the same time as the film
History of World Cinema (2021) (Short)
clips shown

Featured in 

At the Movies: The Best Films of 1986 (1987) (TV Episode)
Ebert's #1 and Siskel's #7 pick.
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) (TV Special)
At the Movies: Hollywood's Outdated Ratings System (1987) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) (TV Special)
At the Movies: The Best Films of the '80s (1989) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Oliver Stone: Inside Out (1992) (TV Movie)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
Platoon is #83.
Money Never Sleeps (2000) (Video)
Behind the scenes clips from this movie are shown.
The Directors: The Films of Oliver Stone (2000) (TV Episode)
Clips are presented.
Backstory: Platoon (2003) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Hollywood Vietnam (2005) (TV Movie)
Featured on the Vietnam War movie documentary.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
Nostalgia Critic: Ferngully 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
"Ferngully 2" features the kangaroo version of "Platoon"
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) (TV Special)
Clip featured in the Memoriam section for Francesco Quinn
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us: Masters of the Universe (2013) (TV Episode)
Includes footage of Oliver Stone's "Most '80s" films.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Soldiers (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris Taylor is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Traps (2014) (TV Episode)
Rigged Ammo Box is #7.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 1980s (2014) (TV Episode)
Platoon is #10.
The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 14 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dramatic Movie Deaths (2014) (TV Episode)
The death of Sgt. Elias is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dramatic Slow Motion Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Elias' Death is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Iconic Shots in American Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Left Behind is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Surprise Attacks in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Nighttime Ambush is #7.
History Buffs: We Were Soldiers (2015) (TV Episode)
clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Left for Dead Movie Scenes (2015) (TV Episode)
Shot and Left Behind is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Jungle Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Platoon is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Turning 30 in 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Platoon is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Slow Motion Deaths in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Elias is Gunned Down is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest War Movies of All Time (2016) (TV Episode)
Platoon is #10.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage
WatchMojo: Top 10 Iconic Movie Death Scenes (2018) (TV Episode)
Sergeant Gordon Elias is #4.

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".
Heavyweights (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.
Daria: The Daria Hunter (1998) (TV Episode)
spoofed towards the end
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?!!!!!!"
South Park: Toilet Paper (2003) (TV Episode)
The boys TPing Mrs. Dreibel's house with "Adagio for Strings" playing in the background.
Elf (2003)
In the snowball fight Buddy snipes a runaway, from Plato on 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).
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
In Platoon a soldier is shot and holding his arms to the sky in slow motion. In A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Harold's aid does the same thing while being egged on.
Get Hard (2015)
When Cecellio screams "It's fucking beautiful!" whilst firing tennis balls it is a direct parody of Charlie Sheen in the final climactic battle
Skate Boys (2015) (Short)
The iced coffee scene (where Daniel falls down to his knees in anguish, while "Adagio For Strings" plays in the soundtrack) is a spoof of the death of Sgt. Elias from Platoon.
The Grand Tour: Operation Desert Stumble (2016) (TV Episode)
Clarkson runs away from bullets and falls like Willem Defoe's character does; also Barber's Adagio for Strings plays.
The Simpsons: 'Tis the 30th Season (2018) (TV Episode)
Music playing in Sprawlmart when Marge enters store and she drops to her knee's like the Willem Dafoe character

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