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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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... Lt. Jeff Knight
... Sgt. Michael McNamara
... Raymond Bacera
... Joshua Parker
... Sgt. Robert Hayes
Tony Pierce ... Jan Shultz
Daniel Demorest ... Duffy
... Sgt. Roach
... Pvt. Don Pike
... Major Flynn
Al Karaki ... Kemp
Evan J. Klisser ... Larsen
Evan Barker ... Klinski
A.J. Smith ... Lt. Riley
... Medic
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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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$1,348,771
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The only film directed by Aaron Norris to not have his brother Chuck Norris in it. See more »

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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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Move It On Over
Written by Del Shannon and Dennis Coffey
Performed by Del Shannon
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This movie is underrated probably because of the prejudices held by critics against Michael Dudikoff. Though his acting is widely thought to be mediocre (it is), he shines in this movie. "Platoon Leader" is gripping fare and deserves more respect than it currently garners. It is not just another throwaway Vietnam movie. It is, in fact, entertaining and is required viewing for any fan of action movies. 5/10


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