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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

Director:

Aaron Norris

Writers:

Andrew Deutsch (screenplay), Rick Marx (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dudikoff ... Lt. Jeff Knight
Robert F. Lyons ... Sgt. Michael McNamara
Michael DeLorenzo ... Raymond Bacera
Jesse Dabson ... Joshua Parker
Rick Fitts ... Sgt. Robert Hayes
Tony Pierce Tony Pierce ... Jan Shultz
Daniel Demorest Daniel Demorest ... Duffy
Brian Libby ... Sgt. Roach
Michael Rider ... Pvt. Don Pike
William Smith ... Major Flynn
Al Karaki Al Karaki ... Kemp
Evan J. Klisser Evan J. Klisser ... Larsen
Evan Barker Evan Barker ... Klinski
A.J. Smith A.J. Smith ... Lt. Riley
Dean Raphael Ferrandini ... Medic
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Storyline

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...

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

At the 43 min mark the VC and NVA the GIs using mortars. The sound effect was a incorrect. Mortars do not produce a whistle. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lt. Jeff Knight: Welcome back to the country club... Sergeant
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Soundtracks

Move It On Over
Written by Del Shannon and Dennis Coffey
Performed by Del Shannon
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I can't believe Platoon Leader is rated 4.4!!
21 December 2000 | by XPunisher02See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,348,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,348,771
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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