Platoon R

The first casualty of war is innocence.
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DVD Details

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: August 15, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1986
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)

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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: Not Applicable
Academy Awards 1986 - Best Sound: Multiple

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh88%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 66

Upright93%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 239,647
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
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
Loosely based on Stone’s experiences as a U.S. infantryman in Vietnam, this is an unvarnished, shock-to-the-system look at the chaos and insanity of war.
Chicago Sun-Times
May 2, 2020
Although Platoon is not the easiest film to watch, it is one of the best at reminding us that the cinema is not always interested in evading or distorting history. Sometimes it tells the truth. Full Review
Boston Globe
Apr 26, 2018
4 stars out of 5 -- [A] phenomenon....Importantly, Stone captured something of what it felt like to fight in the war.
Uncut
Apr 1, 2006
Rating: A+ -- Platoon (1986) is a harrowing, visceral, ultra-realistic, gutsy, visually-shattering Vietnam-war film, based on the writer/director's own first-hand knowledge as a Vietnam combat-infantry soldier. The insightful Best Picture-winning war film Full Review
AMC Filmsite
Sep 29, 2019
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

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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  • UPC: 027616851567
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