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Editor's NoteIn 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.
Cast & Crew
|John C. McGinley|
|Arnold Kopelson - Producer|
|John Daly - Executive Producer|
|Oliver Stone - Screenwriter|
|Georges Delerue - Composer|
|Derek Gibson - Executive Producer|
|Robert Richardson - Director of Photography|
|A. Kitman Ho - Producer|
|Stephen Barber - Composer|
|Oliver Stone - Director|
Customer Reviews of Platoon (Blu-ray)
This film is disturbing in its brutal realism, and the painful questions it raises remain relevant decades after the Vietnam War, particularly in light of incidents such as the Haditha massacre and the overwhelming numbers of Iraq veterans struggling with PTSD. Platoon sheds light on the conditions that breed atrocity and the devastating psychological effects of war upon soldiers. It is not an antiwar film, nor one with a political agenda; it is simply a raw, candid film about war's impact.
I think this is the best Vietnam war movie, personally. This movie is not about battle scenes or things blowing up, it is about the human drama and the cast of characters. A very young Charlie Sheen gives a good performance as a young soldier in a platoon. Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe represent polarizing sides in a complicated conflict within the platoon.
The most interesting part of this movie is the battle within the platoon. Yes, we see the enemy at times and several large battles are fought. But it is the war between the characters that is most important. These guys were facing war on all fronts, and it is horrific any way you look at it. An important movie when looking back at this point in history.
This cast and the story of the movie seems so real. I can not think of any war movies better than "Platoon". Great cast (very young) and fantastic portray of real problems in a war. This movie is a must watch movie and it should be stored in your collection. Great movie!!
classic war movie5/2/2012
This is a classic war movie and is just fantastic. The effort of the crews is reflected in the movie, which is just awesome. They did a great job on putting a story from Vietnam war and depicting a simple yet grave story. This is one of the best war movies ever made.
The harsh realities of war3/14/2012
The film appears to be an open and objective portrayal of the terrible war in Vietnam. For example, it shows drug abuse by soldiers, killing of innocent civilians and some personal vendettas resulting in killings of war colleagues. Social and racial tensions are apparent as well as rivalry between junior officers and other ranks. This, in my view, is what makes "Platoon" particularly great by not glamorising war but as a mature and balanced critique of the horrors of war.