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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nam See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,348,771
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few films made by Cannon Film Distributors that wasn't produced by either Menahem Golan or Yoram Globus. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Michael McNamara: [after Bacera overdoses, Sgt. McNamara sprays Bacera's lifeless body with multiple rounds from an M-16] The enemy got him.
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Soundtracks

Move It On Over
Written by Del Shannon and Dennis Coffey
Performed by Del Shannon
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Excellent! Vets say so & I say so. So watch it.:)

Having seen many war flicks (including the Cannon Group's Chuck Norris attempts) about the Vietnam War, this one tops them all. They even include the horrible effects of the illegal drugs some troops took in the field. If Vietnam Vets give this a great rating - I mean, come on, they were there! - no one should question their expertise and thumbs-up on this movie.

I wasn't sure when I saw this, but I thought, "Man, this seems so realistic, I wonder if things were like this over there?" The vets' comments here confirm that.

I only add my comments here to bolster this great war movie and commend the vets for confirming my thoughts. Thank you to them and to the great team that put this film together.

Well done.


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