Rent Platoon (1986)

4.0 of 5 from 240 ratings
1h 54min
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Synopsis:
Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who, upon his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. While his two commanding officers (Oscar-nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value...life.
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Directors:
Producers:
Arnold Kopelson
Writers:
Oliver Stone
Others:
Claire Simpson, Simon Kaye, John K Wilkinson, Charles "Bud" Grenzbach, Richard Rogers, Robert Richardson
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1988 BAFTA Best Direction

1988 BAFTA Best Editing

1987 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director

1987 Oscar Best Director

1987 Oscar Best Editing

1987 Oscar Best Sound

1987 Oscar Best Picture

BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2000
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/05/2011
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
English, Vietnamese
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Oliver Stone
  • Audio Commentary by Military Advisor Dale Dye
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Flashback to Platoon: Snapshot in Time: 1967-1968, Creating the 'Nam, Raw Wounds: The Legacy of Platoon
  • Documentaries: One War, Many Stories, Preparing for 'Nam
  • Vignettes: Caputo and the 7th Fleet, Dye Training Method, Gordon Gekko
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

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Reviews (2) of Platoon

Classic anti-war film, one of the best films of the 1980s - Platoon review by RP

Spoiler Alert
08/04/2012

The Vietnam war spawned many excellent films as the US examines in excruciating detail the horrors of a war in which over 58,000 US servicemen lost their lives in an ultimately un-winnable conflict. Memorable films include 'The Deer Hunter', 'Apocalypse Now', 'Full Metal Jacket' and even 'First Blood'. 'Platoon' is another of these memorable films.

Directed by Oliver Stone and apparently semi-autobiographical, the Oscar-winning film tells the story of the day-to-day activities of a platoon serving in Vietnam through the initially idealistic eyes of Chris Taylor (played by Charlie Sheen) who has dropped out of college to volunteer. It shows how new recruits are absorbed into the culture of the war and influenced by longer serving men, and the atrocities that are casually committed. It also tells of the ultimately deadly conflict between two NCOs, Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger) and Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe).

Not only is this a classic anti-war film, it is one of the best films of the 1980s. 5/5 stars – highly recommended. [Aside: Wikipedia has a fairly comprehensive list of Vietnam war films – there are even more than you expected! Search for 'Vietnam War in film']

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Unintelligable - Platoon review by JD

Spoiler Alert
07/12/2012

Muddy and bloody camouflaged soldiers shouting over machine gun fire in pigeon afro-carribean american using army acronyms, get the GDV to the XSD by the PLQ man. It was difficult to tell who was who, what they were doing and decipher what they were saying. Apart from that, it was a poignant cynical view of the Vietnam war. How did it compare with the other 715 Vietnam war films? OK but not in the top 10. Johnny Depp plays the most fleeting cameo you will ever see, Forrest Whittaker is not much more. It is mainly about Sheen, Berenger and Defoe who are good but I would definitely not have given the Berlinale Silver Bear for best director to this film nor the Oscar, but we all know how how corrupt the awards are!

1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

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