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- 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
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe & Tom Berenger|
|Performer:||Keith David, John C. McGinley, Johnny Depp, Francesco Quinn, Forest Whitaker, Richard Edson & Kevin Dillon|
|Directed by||Oliver Stone|
|Edited by||Claire Simpson|
|Screenwriting by||Oliver Stone|
|Composition by||Georges Delerue|
|Produced by||Arnold Kopelson & A. Kitman Ho|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Richardson|
|Executive Production by||John Daly & Derek Gibson|
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
The utter chaos of war in Vietnam is brilliantly portrayed. No one can deny this film the power of its images and the weight of all-pervasive terror it creates. Full Review
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Rating: 3.5/4 -- This film is an act of courage. Stone, the gutsy writer-director, records in a devastating barrage of images the relentless horror and the senseless carnage experienced by far too many Americans in Vietnam. Full Review
New York Daily News
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
...This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor....[Stone] may have achieved a remarkable bridge with PLATOON. He has personalized a war for us...
Los Angeles Times
Platoon is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking. Full Review
Philadelphia Daily News
...Intense....Very effective scenes....An impressive-looking production in all respects...
...With incredible set pieces and gripping firefights the belie the tiny budget, PLATOON's impact has barely diminished over the years...
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.
Action | Vietnam | Good Vs. Evil | Jungle | Recommended | Military | Disturbing | Theatrical Release | Vietnam War | Essential Cinema
- 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.
- Sales Rank: 12,042
- UPC: 027616851567
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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