Platoon 1986

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A naive young soldier must choose between his two platoon leaders and confront his fears in the terror of Vietnam.

Starring:
Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

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Platoon

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Henry Strzalkowski
Starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
Studio MGM
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Platoon is a superlative masterpiece, written and directed by Oliver Stone. From its striking visuals to its perfectly chosen score, you will find it hard to take your eyes away from the screen untill the last frame. With majestic performences from Charlie Sheen, William Dafoe and Tom Berenger, it ranks as one of the most powerful and brutally realistic films ever made. The battle sequences are exquisitly choreographed, but to me, it was the narration from Charlie Sheen, combined with the use of 'Adagio For Strings' by Samuel Barber that captured the unique atmosphere of Vietnam. A line of note - "The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days. As I'm sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Roch called, posession of my soul. There are times since, that I've felt like the child, born of those two fathers." Buy this film. You will not be dissappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brynalinading on 12 July 2009
Format: DVD
this film is one of the best vietnam films ever made for many reasons . the first being that the man who wrote it was actually a vietnam vet (oliver stone) and after writing memoirs of his time in vietnam he simply converted some of the story and that became Platoon. this film deals with a lot of the various issues in the US involvement in vietnam for instance racism, drugs, fragging and the importance of the countdown of the year long tour . it follows private chris taylor who has just come to vietnam after dropping out of college and volenteered for infantry for reasons explained later. it follows him in his time just struggling to do the right thing against the against the more aggresive "short timers" , it is a brilliant film which will definatly give you something to think about after watching it especaily with the awesome soundtrack (odagio for strings) which makes the film and experiance
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MarshMan on 25 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Speaking as a (very) old soldier, I have switched off more war films in exasperation than I care to remember. This however is the best. I ought to qualify that as I know little about tank warfare in the steppes of central Russia but when it comes to jungle warfare then this is the most realistic film you will ever see - long periods of boredom interspersed with short periods of absolute terror and mayhem. Forget about stereotypical rubbish like Full Metal Jacket - this is the real thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Horse to water on 31 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Platoon defined my eighties as much as Aliens did. It was arguably the first real film about the "police action" in Vietnam. It still is. The Green Berets was a repulsively sachrrine propaganda film. Apocalypse Now was Hearts of Darkness is an Asian setting. Full metal Jacket had an excellent first half, but the second half in-country was awful. The less said about Hamburger hill or the awful, awful Casualties of War, the better.

Platoon succeeds where others fail, because it feels so authentic. Stone is writing and directing what he experienced, and it shows. Checkout the extras to find out what the cast was put through to get performances Stone was happy with.

Chris, a volunteer turns up in 'Nam with the other FNGs. (The N stands for new, the G for Guy). One of the first things he sees is a row of body bags setup to occupy the plane he's leaving. One thousand yard stare later, and we're in the jungle with elements of Bravo company.

After a rude awakening, Chris' idealism has been replaced by a far less pleasant reality. Few experienced soldiers even want to know his name. They view him as they would any FNG. A risk. Someone who might get you killed.

His platoon, nominally run by a Leiutenant is split into two camps, personified by the Sergeants, Barnes and Elias. Barnes is utterly ruthless, vindictive and unbalanced. A frighteningly scarred figure who has been shot numerous times, and lived. Someone who believes the war is winnable if they were given authority to do "what was necessary".

The gaunt Elias has been in Vietnam at least as long as Barnes, and has come to the opposite conclusion. While Barnes may have lost his humanity voluntarily, Elias holds onto his. And he and Barnes hate each other with a passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This was the film that supposedly allowed the American people to wallow in self pity and regret over the mindless and naive mess created in Vietnam. Stone brilliantly lays the raw realities of this meaningless war bare for all to marvel at.
Why was much of the American continent conquered by a few hundred conquistadors and yet the full force of American military and economic muscle failed to maintain a molehill in Vietnam?
Stone cunningly musters some banal and thoroughly unremarkable characters who find themselves thrashing around Vietnam in the empty pursuit of the American dream. The film's theme illustrates how the blind pursuit of mammon disintegrates to self destructive violence in the presence of an ancient and noble culture.
It is a few years since I saw this film and the plot, characters and script now completely evade me. However the impression is still very strong. Imperialism without nobility cannot breed the 'veni vidi vici' mentality neccessary to succeed in foreign conquest. The pathetic characters laid forth in this film are not the stuff of 'proud warriors'.
It is a great shame that the striking national insight gained by this film has been completely lost by it's successors such as the fictional nonsense 'Saving private Ryan'.
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