Platoon

Platoon

Oliver Stone (1986)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It took ten years for Oliver Stone to get his script made, but when this Vietnam War drama finally reached the screen it became a box-office smash and won four Oscars. Stone has the edge over Michael Cimino, Francis Ford Coppola and Stanley Kubrick, all of whom made major Vietnam movies, in that he was actually there as a volunteer who fought for patriotic reasons and got wounded before becoming disillusioned. From the scary opening when the new arrivals are greeted by the sight of body bags bound for home, the movie is an authentically messy tour of duty through the paddy fields where two Americans (Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger) are at war with each other and fight for the soul of rookie Charlie Sheen. This is a modern classic and a personal exorcism for its director, who went on to complete a trilogy of Vietnam movies with Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven and Earth.

Summary

A raw recruit is thrown into the thick of the Vietnam War along the Cambodian border, where he finds himself caught up in a lethal feud between two sergeants. Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning drama, the first of his Vietnam trilogy, starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon, Johnny Depp and John C McGinley.

Cast & Crew

Chris Taylor Charlie Sheen
Sgt Elias Willem Dafoe
Sgt Barnes Tom Berenger
Big Harold Forest Whitaker
Bunny Kevin Dillon
Lerner Johnny Depp
Rhah Francesco Quinn
Sal Richard Edson
Sgt Red O'Neill John C McGinley
Director Oliver Stone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama