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Platoon (1986) Movie Information

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Platoon (1986)
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Overall Rank:

104

Avg. Rating:

3.20/4

# of Ratings:

679

Genres:

War, Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/19/1986

Director:

Oliver Stone

Actors:

Charlie Sheen
Willem Dafoe
Tom Berenger
Forest Whitaker
ohn C. McGinley
Johnny Depp

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A young man is sent to the Vietnam War where he explores the reality of moral dilemmas, friends dying, and searching for a reason for it all.

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Matthew Brady 08/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

This movie is about a young man is sent to the Vietnam War where he explores the reality of moral dilemmas, friends dying, and searching for a reason for it all. This touching war drama as everything that I love. The characters and the acting was brilliant. Oliver Stone did a damn good job directing this film, and lets not forget the score in this movie, how can I put this down in words. Moving, breathtaking and so beautiful.

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worleyjamers 06/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

A standout film for War cinema. Platoon goes where so few films do, the emotional side of wartime. The cast is perfect with so many great performances, especially Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, who both received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor. A great story, intense action, solid writing, and memorable scenes.

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Patrik 12/21/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Oliver Stone has really made something special here. Saw this the other say and was impressed by the performances and the story in particular. Sure, the characters sometimes seem a bit exhaggerated but for me it helps clarifying the vision of what effects war has on people. Charlie Sheen isn't fantastic in the leading part but he is not really an actor as he is an observer. Stone tells us the story through Sheen and ut works damn well and feels damn realistic and horrifying and fantastic.

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  Moviehead
Moviehead
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04/07/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Good, not amazing

First, i want to say that i don't know much about conditions in vietnam war and therefore i don't know how true this film is . However it is well known that there were undisciplined soldiers in that war, was it so much as it is shown in this movie, i dont know.
Also i have to say i dont really like Oliver Stone but noone can deny him few brilliant scripts he made at the begining of his career (Scarface, Conan). Among these good Oliver stone movies is Platoon. As i said before i dont know how accurate it is but i definitly can imagine that these things happened. And they are shown pretty well.
Battles are ok, some are very intense, later nothing special. Just not intense enough (maybe budget?). Characters are smartly written. Idea is good but script is just ok, but its not amazing like A...

Rating of
3/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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03/05/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Platoon review

Viewing this again just makes you appreciate how great a director Stone is and how horrific and heart wrenching it is to be part of a war. The film starts off slow with an ambush at night and a bonding of troops. it gets interesting after the booby trap explosion. The platoon consists of the humane Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), austere Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes (Tom Berenger), Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), Sergeant "Red" O'Neill (John C. McGinley) and many more.

Its elegant score and detailed direction were sensational. Performances were sincere despite the number of quality stars as supporting roles like (Depp and Whitaker) and scenes very realistic. Staff Sgt. Barnes - “Take the pain.” Chris Taylor – “Day by day I struggle to maintain not only my strength but also my sanity.” ...

Rating of
4/4 

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  mdtinney
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08/26/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Graphic realiztion of the Vietnam War.

This film is timeless and describes the reality of the Vietnam war better than any other. This film is not hollywood and it is not surreal. It is reality. The film does try to be black and white and is not afraid to show the complexities facing fighting men in Vietnam. However, the real greatness of this film is in the gritty realism of the characters. Stone gathered a great and diverse collection of actors. Each character well developed and unique. In deed, the viewers are allowed to look at these characters and choose which one best represents them and in that, perhaps sees how they might have done in Vietnam. Charlie Sheen's character is innocence, heading for war. When he arrives in Vietnam, he must make the choice of what kind of soldier he will be. Will he emulate Sargent Barnes, a ...

Rating of
4/4 

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