Platoon

Platoon
War, Drama
1986

Director: Oliver Stone Cast: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Keith David, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Reggie Johnson, Mark Moses, Corey Glover, Johnny Depp, Chris Pedersen, Bob Orwig, Corkey Ford, David Neidorf, Richard Edson, Tony Todd, Paul Sanchez, Dale Dye

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Oliver Stone); Best Sound; Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Berenger); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe); Best Original Screenplay (Oliver Stone); Best Cinematography

I First Saw In: c. 2012

Synopsis: A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Did You Know? Oliver Stone detonated the pyrotechnic explosions, himself, for shots where the camera was moving so that the explosions would happen when he wanted them to.

Quotables: SGT ELIAS: What happened today was just the beginning. We’re gonna lose this war.

And now a Word from the Guise:
American war movies always portray the Americans as the consummate hero. Sure there may be some hard-asses, but ultimately they will always do what is right. Platoon, however, shows the gross, disturbing truth of it: we are far from heroes. Rules of engagement are disregarded as the platoon witness their platoon sergeant murder a villager, then they all proceed to torch the village and attempt to rape the little girls. War films often either glorify war with a rock anthem or condemn it usually with a string of violins as our heroes die. But seldom do we see our beacon of freedom diminished by its own evil, and that’s what makes this such an incredible film.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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