Platoon R

The first casualty of war is innocence.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 15, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Additional Products:
    • Booklet

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1986 - Best Director: Oliver Stone
Academy Awards 1986 - Best Film Editing: Claire Simpson
Academy Awards 1986 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1986 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh88%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 66

Upright93%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 239,647
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Oliver Stone based his movie on his own experiences and attempted to make a more "realistic" Vietnam movie, simpler and more grounded than things like Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter... and he succeeds, truly making this war look like hell. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Nov 6, 2018
It's not a film that will make film history, but intelligently takes advantage of that history to provide a shred of light to a sordid and still American debate. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Mar 1, 2018
Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly
Jul 8, 1994
...With incredible set pieces and gripping firefights the belie the tiny budget, PLATOON's impact has barely diminished over the years...
Total Film
Oct 1, 2000
Nothing that Oliver Stone has done before...is preparation for the singular achievement of his latest film, PLATOON....A major piece of work, as full of pasion as it is of redeeming, scary irony...
New York Times
Dec 19, 1986
Rating: 3/4 -- Precisely because Stone forces you to experience a grunt's tunnel vision and rage, Platoon is a film of inspiring empathy and awesome force. Curiously, that same tunnelvision in the end compromises Platoon. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb 24, 2014
Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight. Full Review
Orlando Sentinel
Feb 22, 2015

Product Description:

In PLATOON, Oliver Stone draws on his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with such wildlife as snakes and leeches, and, most powerfully, the presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat," who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life, freezes up in a fire fight, and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and, as time goes by, begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. One consists of lifers, juicers, and subintelligent whites, the other of blacks and heads. Sgt. Barnes, a combat-loving burnout (Tom Berenger), is the informal leader of the lifers, and Sgt. Elias, a free spirit (Willem Dafoe), leads the latter group. When the platoon takes some gruesome losses, an enraged Barnes kills some Vietnamese and orders the burning of their village, outraging the temporarily absent Elias. As the conflict between these two reaches its tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values. Widely regarded as one of the finest war films ever made, PLATOON reflects not only the United States' division over Vietnam but the timeless truths of battle: terror, disorientation, exhilaration, and horrible loss.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 21, 1986
  • PLATOON is number 83 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • Estimated budget: $6 million.
  • The film has grossed more than $150 million worldwide.
  • Oliver Stone's first choices for the roles of Barnes and Elias were James Woods and Kevin Costner, respectively.
  • Stone received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during his service in Vietnam.
  • Set in 1967; Produced and released in 1986.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 11,964
  • UPC: 027616851567
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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