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Platoon

1986  120 MN




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Oliver Stone
  Director




As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

 Release Date

December 19, 1986

 Runtime

2h0m (120 min)

 Budget

$ 6,000,000

 Revenue

$ 138,530,565


 Top Billed Cast

 Charlie Sheen
 Chris Taylor
 Willem Dafoe
 Sergeant Elias Gordon
 Tom Berenger
 Sergeant Robert "Bob" Barnes
 Kevin Dillon
 Bunny
 Forest Whitaker
 Big Harold
 Mark Moses
 Lieutenant Wolfe


 Written by

Oliver Stone Screenplay

 Tagline

The first casualty of war is innocence.

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 Cast

Charlie Sheen
  Chris Taylor
Willem Dafoe
  Sergeant Elias Gordon
Tom Berenger
  Sergeant Robert "Bob" Barnes
Kevin Dillon
  Bunny
Forest Whitaker
  Big Harold
Mark Moses
  Lieutenant Wolfe
Keith David
  King
Richard Edson
  Sal
Francesco Quinn
  Rhah
John C. McGinley
  Sergeant O'Neill
Johnny Depp
  Gator Lerner
Reggie Johnson
  Junior
David Neidorf
  Tex
Chris Pedersen
  Crawford
Tony Todd
  Warren
Corkey Ford
  Manny
Corey Glover
  Francis
Bob Orwig
  Gardner
Kevin Eshelman
  Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain
  Ace
J. Adam Glover
  Sanderson
Ivan Kane
  Tony
Paul Sanchez
  Doc
Dale Dye
  Captain Harris
Peter Hicks
  Parker
Basile Achara
  Flash
Steve Barredo
  Fu Sheng
Chris Castillejo
  Rodriguez
Andrew B. Clark
  Tubbs
Bernardo Manalili
  Village Chief
Than Rogers
  Village Chief's Wife
Li Thi Van
  Village Chief's Daughter
Clarisa Ortacio
  Old Woman
Romy Sevilla
  One-Legged Man
Matthew Westfall
  Terrified Soldier
Nick Nicholson
  Mechanized Soldier #1
Warren McLean
  Mechanized Soldier #2
Li Mai Thao
  Rape Victim
Ron Barracks
  Medic
H. Gordon Boos
  Soldier with Mohawk Haircut (uncredited)
Robert 'Rock' Galotti
  Huffmeister (uncredited)
Oliver Stone
  Alpha Company Major in Bunker (uncredited)
Brad Cassini
  Soldier (uncredited)
Mark Ebenhoch
  Ebenhoch (uncredited)

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Oliver Stone
  Director
Oliver Stone
  Screenplay
Arnold Kopelson
  Producer
Derek Gibson
  Executive Producer
John Daly
  Executive Producer
Georges Delerue
  Original Music Composer
Robert Richardson
  Director of Photography
Claire Simpson
  Editor
Pat Golden
  Casting
Warren McLean
  Casting
Bob Morones
  Casting
Bruno Rubeo
  Production Design
Rodell Cruz
  Art Direction
Susan Malerstein
  Script Supervisor
Budd Carr
  Music Supervisor
Ricky Francisco
  Still Photographer
Ooty Moorehead
  Production Supervisor
Gordon Daniel
  Supervising Sound Editor
Sherman Williams
  Art Direction
Cecille Baun
  Prosthetic Supervisor
Gordon J. Smith
  Makeup Effects
Graham Henderson
  Executive In Charge Of Production
Gerry Toomey
  Assistant Director
Gil Arceo
  Stunt Coordinator
Michael Cimino
  Thanks
Mary Colquhoun
  Thanks
Kathryn Morrison
  Set Costumer
Julie Monroe
  Assistant Editor
Tim Minear
  Assistant Director
Simon Kaye
  Sound Mixer
David Campling
  Sound Editor
Greg Dillon
  Sound Editor
Charles Grenzbach
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Taffy Haines
  Sound Mixer
Anthony Palk
  Sound Editor
James J. Klinger
  Sound Editor
Richard D. Rogers
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
John Wilkinson
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Steve Bartlett
  Sound Designer
A. Kitman Ho
  Co-Producer
David Delina
  Property Master
Chris Lombardi
  First Assistant Camera
James Finnerty
  Grip
Venancio Goltiano
  Cableman
Bobby Buensalida
  Craft Service
David Lowe
  Legal Services
Frank Fleming
  Loader
Orlando Nui
  Security
Alex Cabodil
  Stunts
H. Gordon Boos
  First Assistant Director
Ron Wengler
  Color Timer
David Brenner
  First Assistant Editor
Celebrando Raymundo
  Best Boy Electric
James Fitzpatrick
  Gaffer
Jerry O'Hara
  Location Manager
Andy Birmingham
  Production Accountant
Angelica De Leon
  Production Coordinator
Joe Constantino
  Production Manager
Dianne E. Collins
  Publicist
Cenón González
  Unit Manager
Donald Santos
  Boom Operator
Vanessa Theme Ament
  Foley Artist
Yves De Bono
  Special Effects Supervisor
Dan Perri
  Title Designer
Barbara Harris
  ADR Voice Casting
Jim Elyea
  Additional Wardrobe Assistant
Maria Cecina
  Tailor
Pepito Diaz
  Second Assistant Director
Romulo Bernales
  Assistant Property Master
Rudy Candaza
  Special Effects Assistant
Andrew Wilson
  Special Effects Technician
Ernesto Enríquez
  Assistant Electrician
Rufo Ballos Balicas
  Best Boy Grip
Victor Cecogo
  Clapper Loader
Rene Balicas
  Dolly Grip
Mike Ambrosio
  Wardrobe Assistant
Wynn Arenas
  Wardrobe Supervisor
Tom Finan
  Associate Editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein
  Negative Cutter
Georges Delerue
  Conductor
Joanne Weiss
  Music Coordinator
Richard Stone
  Supervising Music Editor
Yvonne Eastmond
  Assistant Accountant
Charlie Rebolledo
  Generator Operator
Jonathan Sheinberg
  Head of Production
John Kerr
  Key Production Assistant
Nick Nicholson
  Production Assistant
Pierre David
  Production Executive
Anne G. Garcia
  Production Secretary
Dale A. Dye
  Technical Advisor
Dwight Gaston
  Assistant Set Dresser


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tricksy

Platoon is a must see. The film that put Stone on the map, Platoon is considered by Vietnam Vets as the most realistic. But in keeping the maxim of giving credit where credit is due, much of the success of Platoon belongs to military adviser Captain Dale Dye, who has been linked to pretty much every great war movie in the last twenty years. Much accolades to Tom Berenger as well, whose performance as Sgt. Barnes is the tour de force of his career. With a great script, great performances, and awesome cinematography, Platoon is a surefire classic.


Filipe Manuel Neto

**A film with a good script and good characters, but which exaggerates some things and is as anti-war as almost all films about Vietnam.**

The Vietnam War is one of the most brutal conflicts the US was involved in the 20th century, and one of the first wars that Americans lost. Following the expulsion of the Japanese and the end of French colonization in the region, the effort to help democratic South Vietnam to survive the invasion by its northern neighbor, a pawn at the orders of the USSR, resulted in a bloodbath that it leaves dents in the American mentality. That's why there are several films about this war, and the vast majority are highly critical of US intervention. This film is just another one and brings us a story that is not very different from what we can see in “Apocalypse Now” or “Full Metal Jacket”.

Charlie Sheen gives us what we can consider his best and most solid effort as an actor. In addition to looking appropriately unprepared, like an ordinary kid who goes to a war he's not ready for, he makes a poignant dramatic effort and gives the character a well-done psychological evolution. However, the film also features two great actors who achieved a deserved highlight: Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe. They give life to two totally antagonistic characters who, with their conflict, almost jeopardize the operational viability of their combat group. The film also stars Forrest Whitaker, Keith David and an extremely young Johnny Depp.

Technically, the film has extremely solid points. Skillfully directed by Oliver Stone, who gives us one of the most intense and consistent works in his cinematographic work, the film was made in very good locations and manages to give us all the realism and tension we could want in a war film. The second part is particularly brutal, with very intense combat scenes, a lot of blood and scenes not suitable for impressionable people. I even dare to say that it is not a suitable film for anyone who has been in combat and has been left with psychological problems. The cinematography is deeply atmospheric, with a creative use of light, cloudiness, fog and vegetation, and very intelligent framing. The soundtrack features several deeply atmospheric themes, of which I highlight Samuel Barber's Adagio, one of the most poignant melodies in the classical repertoire.

The script is also full of qualities. Amid all the brutality and the usual messages about the futility and inhumanity of war, common to most films about Vietnam, a plot of bloody rivalry develops between two sergeants from the same platoon: one is a man with leadership skills who is determined to carry out the mission without allowing himself to commit unjustified excesses and brutalities; the other is a worn-out veteran who doesn't mind massacring everything he touches to do the thing. Obviously, things become unsustainable and soldiers' loyalties are divided, something that would be unacceptable in a military unit. It's good to see this, the rivalry gives more flavor to the film, even though it is completely absurd if we consider how much the military values obedience and the chain of command. In addition to all this, the film also divagates a lot about the use of drugs as a way of escaping the reality. This actually happened, and it was not uncommon to give soldiers exciting substances so that they could more easily withstand the hardships of combat, but it seems to me that the film goes beyond what is reasonable. Oliver Stone exaggerates in his portrayal, which is no surprise considering the films he has directed.



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