Platoon (1986)
Front Cover Actor
Tom Berenger Staff Sgt. Bob Barnes
Willem Dafoe Sgt. Elias Grodin
Charlie Sheen Pvt. Chris Taylor
Forest Whitaker Big Harold
Francesco Quinn Rhah
John C. McGinley Sgt. Red O'Neill
Richard Edson Sal
Kevin Dillon Bunny
Reggie Johnson Junior
Keith David King
Johnny Depp Lerner
David Neidorf Tex
Mark Moses Lt. Wolfe
Chris Pedersen Crawford
Tony Todd Sgt. Warren
Corkey Ford Manny
Ivan Kane Tony
Paul Sanchez Doc
J. Adam Glover Sanderson
Corey Glover Francis
Bob Orwig Pvt. Gardner
Kevin Eshelman Morehouse
James Terry McIlvain Ace
Dale Dye Capt. 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
Mathew Westfall Terrified Soldier
Nick Nickelson Mechanized Soldier #1
Warren McLean Mechanized Soldier #2
Li Mai Thao Rape Victim
Ron Barracks Medic
H. Gordon Boos Soldier with mowhawk haircut (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; War
Director Oliver Stone
Producer Arnold Kopelson
Writer Oliver Stone
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 120 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Platoon put writer-turned-director Oliver Stone on the Hollywood map; it is still his most acclaimed and effective film, probably because it is based on Stone's firsthand experience as an American soldier in Vietnam. Chris (Charlie Sheen) is an infantryman whose loyalty is tested by two superior officers: Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), a former hippie humanist who really cares about his men (this was a few years before he played Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), and Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), a moody, macho soldier who may have gone over to the dark side. The personalities of the two sergeants correspond to their combat drugs of choice--pot for Elias and booze for Barnes. Stone has become known for his sledgehammer visual style, but in this film it seems perfectly appropriate. His violent and disorienting images have a terrifying immediacy, a you-are-there quality that gives you a sense of how things may have felt to an infantryman in the jungles of Vietnam. Platoon won Oscars for best picture and director. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 101
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 027616851567
Release Date 2002
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database