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Platoon (1986)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40140827
UPC: 027616851567
UPC 14: 00027616851567
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The first casualty of war is innocence.
The portrayal of one man's journey into the war-torn jungles ofvietnam. Special features: collectible booklet: theatricaltrailer, subtitles in french and spanish: widescreen andfullscreen versions and more.

"Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A staggering study of war.  Washington Post
" of the finest war films ever made...  Find-A-Video

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/5/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1986
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000840
Video UPC UPC: 00027616851567
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlie Sheen
Video Cast Info Forest Whitaker
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info Keith David
Video Cast Info Tom Berenger
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Richardson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Georges Delerue - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Arnold Kopelson - Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Writer


Oscar (1987)
Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Claire Simpson, Winner, Best Film Editing
Video Award Name , Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Charles Grenzbach, et al., Winner, Best Sound
   Video Award Name Robert Richardson, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Tom Berenger, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

Independent Spirit (1987)
Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name , Winner, Best Feature
Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Screenplay
   Video Award Name Willem Dafoe, Nominee, Best Male Lead

Golden Globe (1987)
Video Award Name Olive Stone, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director
Video Award Name , Winner, Best Motion Picture Drama
Video Award Name Tom Berenger, Winner, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay

British Academy Awards (1988)
Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Direction
Video Award Name Claire Simpson, Winner, Best Editing
   Video Award Name Robert Richardson, Nominee, Best Cinematography

Professional Reviews

"...Wrenching..." - Recommended 05/01/1995 p.136

New York Times
"Nothing that Oliver Stone has done 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..." 12/19/1986 p.C12

Entertainment Weekly
Rating: B 07/08/1994 pp.58-9

"...Intense....Very effective scenes....An impressive-looking production in all respects..." 12/03/1986

Los Angeles Times
"...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..." 12/19/1986 p.C1

Total Film
"...With incredible set pieces and gripping firefights the belie the tiny budget, PLATOON's impact has barely diminished over the years..." 10/01/2000 p.112

4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] phenomenon....Importantly, Stone captured something of what it felt like to fight in the war." 04/01/2006 p.138

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sheen,Charlie
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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