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1986 Vietnam War film written and directed by Oliver Stone

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4.5 out of 5

  • Sep 16, 2003
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PLATOON is one of the greatest and most moving war films you will ever see. It made writer/director Oliver Stone a legend, and remains his greatest film, in my opinion. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris Taylor, a new war recruit assigned to Vietnam, who finds friendship in the form of Sgt. Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe, just two years before his role in Stone's THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST), while dealing with the ruthless Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger, in one of his best roles). The film, which took in four Academy Awards including "Best Picture", is frighteningly realistic, partly due to the fact that it is based on Stone's first-hand experience in Vietnam. Stone's directing is awesome; his script will keep you hooked, if you can take the drama. Sheen is great, and the theme, "Adagio for Strings", is so perfect for the film you'll never forget it. There are few films which can make the horrors of war as depicted in Oliver Stone's masterpiece...PLATOON.

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review by . February 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     Oliver Stone's "Platoon" is a real multi-tasker; it is both a war film and an anti-war film. There are many war films out there, many of them historical for many different reasons, as well as many of them forgettable. "Platoon" is one of the great ones; a film that does not want to promote warfare, but rather wants to show how ugly and brutal it can get. I know that some criticize the film for its violence and depiction of war, although we all have to face …
review by . September 14, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Based upon director and writer Oliver Stone's own experiences in Vietnam, PLATOON was the first major motion picture about that war directed by a veteran from that conflict. The movie revolves around a young American soldier, Pvt. Chris Taylor (a young Charlie Sheen) and the platoon he lives and fights with during his tour of duty. The battle sequences are very gritty, graphic, and realistic. Taylor serves under the direct leadership of Sgt. Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe), but both men are under the …
review by . May 14, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Twenty years later, after PLATOON was released in 1986 and brought some of the horrors of the Vietnam experience to the public's media-jaundiced eye, at last the film can be seen and discussed critically. 'At last', in this viewer's vocabulary, includes the fact that more time for healing from actually being in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 has passed, making the response to Oliver Stone's film more rational. Now the film is a film, not a nightmare memory inducer, and that fact in no way diminishes the …
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Platoon is a Vietnam war based film released on December 19, 1986 and produced by Orion Pictures.  The film was directed and written by Oliver Stone. Platoon was produced by Arnold Kopelson, and starred Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe.

Platoon is about a young recruit in Vietnamwho faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war.  After its release the film received 9 nominations, and celebrated 18 wins and 4 Academy Awards in 1987 for BestDirector, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, and Best Sound.

The film was shot in Luzon, Philippinesin 1986. It was given an MPAA rating of Rand runs 120  minutes.

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