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Platoon Leader (1988)

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...

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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:

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Gross USA:

$1,348,771
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only film directed by Aaron Norris to not have his brother Chuck Norris in it. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Bacera: Death is the ultimate alarm clock man, Wakes you up.
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Out on the Fenceline
Written and Performed by Fontaine Brown
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This is the real thing.
24 January 2000 | by capo-4See all my reviews

If you want to see the Vietnam War as it was experienced by a real Platoon Leader, this is it. Authentic, down to the mannerisms, slang, terror and disillusion of it all, this film has none of the wierd phantasms of Apocalypse Now or the left wing political hype of Oliver Stone's Platoon.

Richard C. Caporiccio, LTC, US Army, Retired, former Platoon Leader, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne), LZ Uplift, Republic of Vietnam from Jan 2 to December 24, 1969.


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