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Platoon ()


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A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

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  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 14 nominations.
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King
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Big Harold
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Rhah
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Bunny
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Sgt. O'Neill
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Junior
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Lt. Wolfe
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Francis
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Lerner
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Crawford
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Gardner
Corkey Ford ...
Manny
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Tex
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Sgt. Barnes
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Sgt. Elias
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Chris
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Sal
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Warren
Kevin Eshelman ...
Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain ...
Ace
J. Adam Glover ...
Sanderson
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Tony
Paul Sanchez ...
Doc
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Captain Harris
Peter Hicks ...
Parker
Basile Achara ...
Flash
Steve Barredo ...
Fu Sheng
Chris Castillejo ...
Rodriguez
Andrew B. Clark ...
Tubbs
Bernardo Manalili ...
Village Chief
Than Rogers ...
Village Chief's Wife
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Village Chief's Daughter
Clarisa Ortacio ...
Old Woman
Romy Sevilla ...
One-Legged Man
Mathew Westfall ...
Terrified Soldier
Nick Nicholson ...
Mechanized Soldier #1 (as Nick Nickelson)
Warren McLean ...
Mechanized Soldier #2
Li Mai Thao ...
Rape Victim
Ron Barracks ...
Medic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
H. Gordon Boos ...
Soldier with Mohawk Haircut (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Mark Ebenhoch ...
Ebenhoch (uncredited)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti ...
Huffmeister (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Berto Spoor ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Alpha Company Major in Bunker (uncredited)
Henry Strzalkowski ...
Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Oliver Stone

Written by

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Oliver Stone ... (written by)

Produced by

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John Daly ... executive producer
Derek Gibson ... executive producer
A. Kitman Ho ... co-producer
Arnold Kopelson ... producer

Music by

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Georges Delerue

Cinematography by

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Robert Richardson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Claire Simpson

Editorial Department

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David Brenner ... first assistant editor (as David S. Brenner)
Tom Finan ... associate editor
Julie Monroe ... assistant editor
Toto Natividad ... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein ... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Ben Salvador ... apprentice editor
Frederick S. Taylor ... apprentice editor
Ron Wengler ... color timer (as Ronald Wengler)
Henry Yamballa ... master cutter

Casting By

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Pat Golden
Warren McLean
Bob Morones

Production Design by

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Bruno Rubeo

Art Direction by

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Rodell Cruz
Sherman Williams ... (as Doris Sherman Williams)

Makeup Department

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Cecille Baun ... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
Derek Howard ... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant
Gordon J. Smith ... special makeup effects and visual continuity
Gionilda Stolee ... makeup and prosthetic special effects assistant

Production Management

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Joe Constantino ... production manager
Cenón González ... unit manager (as Cenon Gonzales)
Graham Henderson ... executive in charge of production
Ooty Moorehead ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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H. Gordon Boos ... first assistant director
Pepito Diaz ... second assistant director
Evan Kopelson ... assistant director: second unit
Gerry Toomey ... key second assistant director
Tim Minear ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Francisco Balangue ... construction manager (as Francisco Belangue)
Romulo Bernales ... assistant property master
David Delina ... property master
Delio Dizon ... greensman
Angelito Felipe ... scenic chargeman
Dwight Gaston ... assistant set dresser
Neddie La Raquel ... assistant property master
Roy Lachica ... key set dresser
Teodoro Martin Sr. ... greensman
Gambino Payawal ... assistant construction manager (as Gavino Payawal)
Cesar Ramido ... master carpenter
Martin Raygon ... assistant set dresser
Alex Santa Maria ... master carpenter (as Alex Sta. Maria)
Reynaldo Velasco ... props radioman
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David Campling ... sound editor
Gordon Daniel ... supervising sound editor
Greg Dillon ... sound editor
Venancio Goltiano ... cableman
Charles Grenzbach ... re-recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
Taffy Haines ... sound mixer: second unit
Simon Kaye ... sound mixer
James J. Klinger ... sound editor
Anthony Palk ... sound editor (as Tony Palk)
Richard D. Rogers ... re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Donald Santos ... boom operator
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (uncredited)
Steve Bartlett ... sound (uncredited)
Frank Fleming ... loader (uncredited)
Alyson Dee Moore ... foley artist (uncredited)

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Rudy Candaza ... special effects assistant
Yves De Bono ... special effects supervisor
Jimmy Intal ... special effects assistant
Felizardo Manaloto ... special effects assistant
Jose Marquez ... special effects assistant
Roland Salem ... special effects assistant (as Rolando Salem)
Boy Terrado ... special effects assistant
Andrew Wilson ... special effects technician

Stunts

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Gil Arceo ... stunt coordinator
Alex Cabodil ... stunts
Mark Ebenhoch ... stunts (as Mark K. Ebenhoch)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti ... stunts (as Robert M. Galotti Jr.)
Joseph Ramos ... stunts
Rolly Silong ... stunts
Sonny Tuazon ... stunts
Leony Vidal ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mel Araojo ... film loader
Rene Balicas ... dolly grip
Rufo Ballos Balicas ... best boy grip (as Rufo Balicas)
Victor Cecogo ... clapper
Ernesto Enríquez ... assistant electrician (as Ernesto Enriquez)
James Finnerty ... grip (as Jim Finnerty)
James Fitzpatrick ... gaffer
Ricky Francisco ... still photographer
Chris Lombardi ... first assistant camera
Celebrando Raymundo ... best boy electrician (as Celebrado Raymundo)
Charlie Rebolledo ... generator operator
George Rosales ... additional assistant camera
Caloy Salcedo ... additional assistant camera
Newton Thomas Sigel ... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Sigel)
Roland Neveu ... special photographer (uncredited)
Sandi Sissel ... director of photography: 'b' unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mike Ambrosio ... wardrobe assistant (as Mike Ambrocio)
Wynn Arenas ... wardrobe supervisor
Maria Cecina ... tailor
Jim Elyea ... additional wardrobe
Fidel Javier ... wardrobe assistant
Kathryn Morrison ... costumier
Tess Quismundo ... tailor

Location Management

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Joe Alonsabe ... location auditor
Jerry O'Hara ... location manager

Music Department

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Budd Carr ... music supervisor
Richard Stone ... supervising music editor: Segue Music
Joanne Weiss ... music coordinator
Georges Delerue ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
David Franco ... music supervisor (uncredited)
Roger Monk ... score mixer (uncredited)
John Richards ... music engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Susan Malerstein-Watkins ... script supervisor (as Susan Malerstein)

Transportation Department

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Ben Cañalita ... assistant transportation captain (as Ben Canalita)
Primo Guina ... transportation captain (as Firmo Guina)

Other crew

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Frans J. Afman ... motion picture banking: Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederland
Linda Angeles ... nurse
Andy Birmingham ... production accountant
Bobby Buensalida ... craft service
Kathryn Clayton ... assistant military technical advisor
Pierre David ... production executive
Angelica De Leon ... production coordinator
Bernardo Delina ... wrangler
Cesar Dominguez ... chief armorer
Dale Dye ... technical advisor: military (as Captain Dale Dye United States Marine Corp. {Ret.})
Yvonne Eastmond ... assistant accountant
Mark Ebenhoch ... assistant military technical advisor (as Mark K. Ebenhoch)
Diosdado Figueroa ... assistant armorer
Sylvia Gajardo ... bookkeeper
Robert 'Rock' Galotti ... assistant military technical advisor (as Robert M. Galotti Jr.)
Anne G. Garcia ... production secretary
Eusebio Garcia ... liaison: Philippine military
Matt Gatson ... production liaison: Los Angeles
Carrie Hughes ... travel arrangements: Trudy Salven Travel International
Robert Jellen ... insurance provided by: Albert G. Ruben & Co. Inc. (as Robert A. Jellen)
Lope V. Juban Jr. ... Philippine coordinator
John Kerr ... key production assistant
David Lowe ... legal services: Beresford, Lowe & Co.
Suzette Montalban ... cashier
Eliong Munoz ... assistant armorer
Nick Nicholson ... production assistant (as Nick Nickelson)
Orlando Nui ... security
Ben Pagar ... wrangler
Dondi Pangilinan ... assistant armorer
Dan Perri ... title designer
Steven Rodgers ... production assistant (as Steve Rodgers)
Mayes C. Rubeo ... assistant: Arnold Kopelson (as Mayes Rubeo)
Elizabeth Stone ... assistant: Oliver Stone
Doc Tizon ... assistant armorer (as Roman 'Doc' Tizon)
Antonio V. Torralba ... doctor (as Dr. Antonio V. Torralba)
Gigi Vitan ... production assistant
Stanley White ... assistant military technical advisor (as Stanley White U.S.M.C. {Ret.})
Wynne Wicker ... technical advisor: Vietnamese
Jane Aguirre ... government liasion (uncredited)
Mark Birmingham ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dianne E. Collins ... publicist: M/S Billings Publicity Ltd. (uncredited)
Oli Laperal Jr. ... equipment coordinator (uncredited)
Nick Nicholson ... helicopter choreographer (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheinberg ... Head of Production Orion Pictures (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michael Cimino ... special thanks
Mary Colquhoun ... special thanks
Charles Ryan ... special thanks: Bart-Milander Associates Inc. (as Charles W. Ryan)
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Plot Summary

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. Written by Jeremy Thomson

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Taglines The first casualty of war is innocence. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Platoon (United States)
  • Pelotón (Mexico)
  • Pelotón (Argentina)
  • Jukhe (Iran, Persian title)
  • Četa (Czech Republic)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $241,080, 21 Dec 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Oliver Stone, he intentionally cast Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe against type (Berenger, who played the ruthless, sadistic Sergeant Barnes, was mostly famous at that point for playing good guys, while Dafoe, who had primarily played villains up until then, played the heroic, compassionate Sergeant Elias). The casting worked, and both men received Oscar nominations for their work. See more »
Goofs In the attack on the camp, we see two NVA/VC soldiers acting as suicide bombers (one falls and explodes, the other makes it into the communication bunker before blowing up). In the script, these two men are identified as sappers. NVA and VC Sappers were specially trained combat engineers/reconnaissance commandos who used stealth to infiltrate a camp's defenses and take out strategic targets, such as barbed wire obstacles or bunkers, with explosives before the main attack. Although there were indeed reports of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops using suicide bombers during the war, sappers were never used as suicide bombers because they were considered too valuable to expend. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' (2001). See more »
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Quotes [Refering to Vietnam]
Chris Taylor: Somebody once wrote, "Hell is the impossibility of reason." That's what this place feels like. Hell.
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