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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 10 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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PLATOON is a shattering experience. Writer-director Stone, a Vietnam veteran, used his first-hand knowledge to create one of the most realistic war films ever made, one whose success lies in the mass of detail Stone brings to the screen, bombarding the senses with vivid sights and sounds that have the feel of actual experience. Stone captures the heat, the dampness, the bugs, the jungle rot, and, most important, the confusion and fear experienced by the average soldier.

The men in PLATOON do perform heroic acts on occasion, but the heroism isn't motivated by love of country or idealism--it is motivated by pure terror, by desperation, by a desire to end the madness one way or another. Never before in a war film has stark terror among soldiers been such a tangible, motivating force.

There is nothing appealing in Stone's war; it doesn't have a "recruitment flavor." However, while PLATOON has no equal when it comes to capturing the reality of the combat experience, with incredible production values and superb acting all round.

On an incredibly low budget of $6.5 million, Stone brought his cast and crew to the Philippines and shot PLATOON in a swift 54 days. To everyone's surprise, the film was a massive hit with the critics and the public, not to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 May 2006
Format: DVD
I have watched Platoon more than any other war movie. So much so that I've had to give it a rest over the last few years.

Why is it so good?

Perhaps because it is the most realistic (certainly Vietnam) war movie ever made. Its based on Oliver Stones own experiences in Vietnam. Now I doubt whether there were actually two so clearly good and bad characters, as represented by Willem Dafoe and Tom Beringer in the film, but it is the spark between these two that creates much of the films atmosphere.

There are quite a few scenes in this film, such as when the Charlie Sheen character wakes up in the middle of the night (in the jungle), that are wonderfully done. You really get an idea of just how scary being a soldier might be.

I'm also sure that the film would not not have been as successful as it was, without its marvellous soundtrack. Most noteably Samuel Barbers 'Adagio for Strings'. This piece of music alone adds an extra dimension to the scenes it is used in. A very haunting and sad piece of music.

The ending of the film is perhaps the only weak point, but it is a minor quibble about a very powerful and moving film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
This is probably one of the best Vietnam movies out there. It has a moving soundtrack, great cinematography and you find yourself engrossed and involved when watching the development of one naive recruit as he becomes hardened by the war and his experiences. You also see him profoundly changed in his outlook, that you too will share, as the film closes. A brilliant film, that should be watched by all.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The one and only time I saw this film was two years ago on television. Its effect on me was so great that I have been looking for a copy of the video for myself ever since then. This is one video release that I will definitely be looking forward to, and I will soon, at last, be able to see it again. Oliver Stone's translation of his own Vietnam experiences to the screen is almost faultless and it is obvious that great care was taken to make it as real for the viewer as possible. There are not many words to describe the impact of watching 'Platoon' but to see it is essential if you are a person who likes War films. It even has its own 'classic' scene; the vision of Elias reaching for salvation with Barber's 'Adagio for strings' in the background goes further than any other film to make you realise what war is about.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
This is probably one of the best Vietnam movies out there. It has a moving soundtrack, great cinematography and you find yourself engrossed and involved when watching the development of one naive recruit as he becomes hardened by the war and his experiences. You also see him profoundly changed in his outlook, that you too will share, as the film closes. A brilliant film, that should be watched by all.

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