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Platoon is a Tour de Force

by Dewsey on 7/10/2002

Even for those people who haven't seen the whole movie, they are probably familiar with Willem Dafoe's dramatic death pose on the front of the DVD. It is a powerful metaphor for the movie itself, which along with Apocalypse Now does the best job of capturing the spirit of the Vietnam War - a heart-rending sense of madness, death without reason, betrayal by your countrymen, and the loss of innocence. In fact, if Platoon had utilized Apocalypse Now's cinematography and effects, it would be in contention for the finest war movie ever made. Charlie Sheen is a bit stiff in one of his earlier big roles, and the final chopper dialogue is a bit contrived, but other than that the movie is dead-on, especially with Dafoe and Berenger. This is one of those movies that after viewing makes you feel weary, yet also satisfied and emotionally charged. The classical orchestra piece by Samuel Barber that fronts the movie is one of the most moving pieces of music that I have ever heard. Vietnam was where America lost its innocence, and Platoon shows us how it happened. Everyone should own this film.

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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.


Studio MGM
SKU 40140827
UPC 027616851567
UPC 14 00027616851567
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2015
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Name Sheen,Charlie
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Name Oliver Stone
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Cast & Crew
Charlie Sheen - Actor
Forest Whitaker - Actor
Johnny Depp - Actor
Keith David - Actor
Tom Berenger - Actor
Willem Dafoe - Actor
Oliver Stone - Director
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography
Georges Delerue - Musical Score
Arnold Kopelson - Producer
Oliver Stone - Writer
Oscar (1987) Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Director,Claire Simpson, Winner, Best Film Editing,, Winner, Best Picture,Charles Grenzbach, et al., Winner, Best Sound,Robert Richardson, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Tom Berenger, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Independent Spirit (1987) Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Director,, Winner, Best Feature,Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Screenplay,Willem Dafoe, Nominee, Best Male Lead
Golden Globe (1987) Olive Stone, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director,, Winner, Best Motion Picture Drama,Tom Berenger, Winner, Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay
British Academy Awards (1988) Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Direction,Claire Simpson, Winner, Best Editing,Robert Richardson, Nominee, Best Cinematography
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Actor Sheen,Charlie
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
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Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing...
Washington Post A staggering study of war.
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Platoon is a Tour de Force by Dewsey on Jul 10, 2002