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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Edited by
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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
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
Feb 24, 2014
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
Feb 22, 2015
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
...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
Dec 19, 1986
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
Feb 24, 2014
...Intense....Very effective scenes....An impressive-looking production in all respects...
Variety
Dec 3, 1986
...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

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: 12,042
  • UPC: 027616851567
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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