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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

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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:

Nam See more »

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Box Office

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

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 »

Quotes

Raymond Bacera: Death is the ultimate alarm clock man, Wakes you up.
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Soundtracks

Move It On Over
Written by Del Shannon and Dennis Coffey
Performed by Del Shannon
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A rare good one from Cannon
19 January 2001 | by BrianGSee all my reviews

Most of Cannon Pictures' product is pretty much junk (they make Chuck Norris and J-C Van Damme movies, so what do you expect?), but this one is different. It doesn't have the rock-bottom cheapie look of most Cannon pictures, and the script, for once, actually makes sense (amazing, considering that Harry Alan Towers was one of the writers). The story concerns a young army lieutenant on his first combat assignment in Vietnam, and how he comes to earn the respect of his men. Michael Dudikoff is surprisingly good as the young officer who arrives at his post not knowing quite what to expect but determined to do his duty, and Robert F. Lyons is outstanding as the platoon's veteran sergeant who doesn't want a new lieutenant to get any of his men killed. The action scenes are very well staged and give you a real sense of being there, as opposed to the cardboard pyrotechnics that Cannon usually grinds out. All in all, a refreshing change from the usual Cannon crap. Recommended.


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