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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Masterpiece That Doesnt Loose Its Sting!
Most of the older war films, like with John Wayne, loose their sting after a couple of decades. It doesnt seem the case with Platoon. The movie still makes you feel the effects of the Vietnam war as you cringe and end up with shell shock. Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, JFK) takes what he seen in Vietnam and implies it into a two hour, gritty, guts and glory...
Published on June 26 2002 by Jason

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
'Platoon' is Oliver Stone's view about the Vietnam War. This movie is not as paranoid as other Stone films, but there are better, more interesting Vietnam movies out there.
Published on April 11 2004 by Dhaval Vyas


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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies to come out of the Vietnam war., Sept. 23 2013
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Better than Kubrik's Full Metal Jacket but not as good as The Deer Hunter. The character development is not as good as in The Deer Hunter so you don't get to know the individuals as well. Berenger and Dafoe give strong performances outshining Charlie Sheen who proves again that he is not the actor his Dad was. But a great movie well worth having in your collection. Violent and graphic in parts, moving and thoughtful in others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Masterpiece That Doesnt Loose Its Sting!, June 26 2002
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Jason (Grayson, Ky) - See all my reviews
Most of the older war films, like with John Wayne, loose their sting after a couple of decades. It doesnt seem the case with Platoon. The movie still makes you feel the effects of the Vietnam war as you cringe and end up with shell shock. Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, JFK) takes what he seen in Vietnam and implies it into a two hour, gritty, guts and glory type film. Although sometimes you wonder if this or that really happened. The realism of the battle scenes and the effects it has upon the soldiers seems to be some of the best to date. This film easily surpasses Francis For Coppolas "Apocalypse Now" (which is still a more than superb feast of a Vienam war film). To say the least Defoe, Berenger and Sheen throw down their best performances of their careers. The additional cast is absolutely tremendous. They include Johnny Depp, Forrest Whittaker, John C. McGinley, Keith David, Kevin Dillion and even Oliver Stone. To see a more than realistic look in the war of Vietnam, check this out again and again. The story is about a new man in the squad Chris (Charlie Sheen), whose influences from the head Platoon leaders Alias (Willem Defoe) and Barnes (Tom Berenger) somewhat have an effect on how he goes about the war. Loosing his grip at some points in the film Chris is helped along by his two partying buddies Rahh (Francesco Quinn) and King (Keith David). Then the squads basically side with either Barnes or Alias you better believe anything and everything will happen. Chris: "here we are trying to fight the enemy, but instead we are fighting each other". Dont miss out on this exceptional work of art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome edition, June 10 2006
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Rob Larmer (Harvey,NB,canada) - See all my reviews
This edition is wayyyy better then the previous edition. There are plenty of special features; it should keep any war film fanatic occupied. If you are just interested in a quick watch though get the much cheaper single disc. The movie itself is way better then hamburger hill or apocalypse now, so I highly recommend seeing this one. It will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Slice of Grim Americana, May 12 2004
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Derek Lipman (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
Oliver Stone's "Platoon" will forever have a spot in my holy grail of cherished DVD's. This is an outstanding look at the horrors of the Vietnam War. The classic good vs. evil struggle between Willem Dafoe's "Elias" and Tom Berenger's "Sgt. Barnes" is legendary. Charlie Sheen exhibits perhaps his best work with a very human, realistic performance as the guy who actually volunteered to carry a machine gun in the Mekong Delta, totally unaware of the hell he was about to enter.
Its tough to watch parts of the movie, but it is really a great film. Keith David, and Forest Whitaker deliver excellent performances as black soldiers struggling with their enemies in the jungle and in their own company.
The film has a terrific soundtrack that compliments the direction of Stone who was at his peak during the making of the film. This was before he made the repulsive Natural Born Killers. Platoon is one of the best (if not THE best) films of the 1980's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A visceral view of Vietnam, May 11 2004
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James Ferguson (Vilnius, Lithuania) - See all my reviews
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Regarded by many as the best Vietnam War movie of them, the first half of the film is absolutely riveting as Oliver Stone's platoon descends upon a remote village which eerily recalls the My Lai massacre. It is such a visceral movie. You can just about smell the cleaning of the latrines. However, the second half of the movie gets bogged down in the quagmire as Stone plays the good sergeant off the bad sergeant, drugs off alcohol, black infantrymen off white infantrymen, etc. Dafoe and Berenger play extremely well off each other with Dafoe becoming the ultimate martyr during the helicopter lift that is the signature scene of the movie. Charlie Sheen showed much promise as Private Chris Taylor, but never measured up to the role in subsequent movies. This is probably Oliver Stone's best effort. Certainly, his most personal, as he did more to capture the sense of a platoon in combat than did any other director, but unfortunately he couldn't avoid resurrecting traditional movie themes rather than letting the action carry itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam - Up Close and Personal, April 25 2004
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Theresa Frommel (Jefferson City, MO) - See all my reviews
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A 1986 depiction of the American forces in Vietnam, Oliver Stone's Platoon gives incredible insight into the lunacy caused from war with its emotional and harsh representation of American soldiers slipping into darkness during their tour of duty through Vietnam. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a college drop out who volunteers for combat and instead goes to hell. Torn by the insanity that is prominent in the brutality of Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger) and the unrealistic morality of Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), Chris soon realizes the cold and despair felt by all.
This classic Vietnam portrayal won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Director. Platoon delved past the initial us and them conflict. Not only showing the dispute with the Viet Cong, it represented a civil war between the soldiers themselves with the violent followers of Barnes versus the moral personalities supporting Elias, and even divided them through their differences in drug choices. Not for family viewing, Platoon is a classic illustration of the madness brought on by combat, and is for all who want to learn of the Vietnam experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death? What do y'all know about death?, April 21 2004
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James R. Mckinley (San Diego, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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Platoon is a gritty portrayal of a young man's introduction to war and Vietnam. This is definitely not an uplifting flag-waving film, but what would you expect from Oliver Stone? Very real, and surreal at times, Platoon unveils the tragedy, destruction and dehumanization of war. Sheen does a decent job, but it's Berenger and Dafoe that deserve all of the acting acclaim here. Just bubbling below the surface of over the top territory, Berenger and Dafoe unleashe fierce performances. Though Stone does showcase the terrible truths of war, he also portrays the camaraderie and bonds of the men trying to keep each other alive. The fighting scenes are violent and scary and impossible to turn away from. This is a very dark and gritty depiction of the Viet Nam war. Naturally, one must compare this movie to other 'Nam motion pictures. I still think Apocalypse Now was the best. Platoon is pretty much tied with Full Metal Jacket. Some viewers compared Platoon to Saving Private Ryan- no way. Ryan was an epic World War II film, where there was a clear definition of morality. Platoon focuses on the "greyness" of good and evil. There was no triumph at the end of the film. What were they fighting for anyway? I had a major problem with American soldiers killing each other, but that was probably the point of the film. It's a good movie to watch, but not the "end-all" war movie that some think it is. What I enjoyed most about Platoon is it tells the story how Vietnam (probably) was. It says there is no winner in a war. It's miserable for everybody. It breaks even the toughest people down emotionally and physically. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Vietnam movie., April 13 2004
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D. Brown (Springfield, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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This is probobly the best Vietnam war movie ever made. It shows what the Americans felt at Nam. This I would buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Hell is the impossibility of reason.", April 13 2004
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D. Knouse (vancouver, washington United States) - See all my reviews
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All the praise that this film has garnered, both from fans and critics is absolutely justified after watching this amazing film. This has all the ingredients of fine filmmaking: great acting, a solid script, clever direction, and impressive prowess concerning all the technical aspects such as cinematography and film editing. The acting, for the most part, is excellent. Tom Berenger has the best performance of his long career in this film, chewing up the scenery alongside some other fine supporting turns. Willem Dafoe, better known these days as The Green Goblin in the film "Spiderman," is equally noteworthy as an elite soldier who no longer believes in the war, but is willing to do whatever is necessary to insure the safety of his men and himself. This is an exceptional cast. The only weak performance here is a short scene with director Oliver Stone pretending to act, and doing it badly. But the scene is brief, and it was his movie, after all. The script, which was written by director Stone, hovers between the crude dialogue of the common soldiery and the philosophical narration of the title character, Taylor, played by Charlie Sheen. But with the soldiers there is never a wasted syllable, and while walking precariously along the cliffs of sanctimony the main character's thoughts are nevertheless firmly grounded in the nightmarish reality of war. Director Oliver Stone is fearless here, commanding extended tracking shots and provoking his large cast into heartfelt renderings of these realistic characters. All the characters are in the least, memorable, at their best, haunting. There are two scenes that work so well as to go unnoticed. One is when Barnes(Berenger) is moving through the jungle slowly from the right of the screen to the left. The film cuts to Elias(Dafoe) running from left to right. A headlong collision is inevitable at some point, but tension is built up sufficiently so that when they finally do come face-to-face the audience knows something bad is going to happen. Another scene is directly after a huge Napalm strike. The screen goes bright white, then slowly fades in showing the jungle in stark black-and-white photography with the color creeping in as the camera pans right to show a stunned and bewildered Taylor(Sheen) rising up and regaining his wits. Stone won his first Oscar for Best Director for his work here. This film won a total of 4 Oscars: Director(Stone), Film Editing, Sound, and Best Picture. It was nominated for 8 Oscars, the remaining 4 include Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for both Berenger and Dafoe, and Cinematography. The cinematography is superb, the gifted Robert Richardson working the lenses. He and Oliver Stone tag-teamed once again 3 years later for "Born on the Fourth of July," both collecting Oscar nominations, Stone winning for the second time. In 1991 they worked together on the film "JFK," both were nominated once more, and Richardson finally won the Oscar. "Platoon" is the beginning of this magnificent collaboration, and is certainly one of the more intense Vietnam War films ever brought to the screen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad., April 11 2004
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Dhaval Vyas (Dallastown, PA U.S.A) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Platoon (VHS Tape)
'Platoon' is Oliver Stone's view about the Vietnam War. This movie is not as paranoid as other Stone films, but there are better, more interesting Vietnam movies out there.
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