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Platoon [Blu-ray/DVD]

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  • In PLATOON, Oliver Stone draws on his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with such wildlife as snakes and leeches, and, most powerfully, the presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat," who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life, freezes up in a fire fight, and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and, as time goes by, begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. One consists of lifers, juicers, and subintelligent whites, the other of blacks and heads. Sgt. Barnes, a combat-loving burnout (Tom Berenger), is the informal leader of the lifers, and Sgt. Elias, a free spirit (Willem Dafoe), leads the latter group. When the platoon takes some gruesome losses, an enraged Barnes kills some Vietnamese and orders the burning of their village, outraging the temporarily absent Elias. As the conflict between these two reaches its tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values. Widely regarded as one of the finest war films ever made, PLATOON reflects not only the United States' division over Vietnam but the timeless truths of battle: terror, disorientation, exhilaration, and horrible loss.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1986
    Academy Awards Best Director 1986 Oliver Stone Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1986 Claire Simpson AMERICAN EDITOR
    Academy Awards Best Sound 1986 Multiple More than one award winner

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  • Credits
    Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, William Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon, Johnny Depp, Keith David, Forest Whitaker, John C. McGinley, Richard Edson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Wrenching..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "Nothing that Oliver Stone has done before...is preparation for the singular achievement of his latest film, PLATOON....A major piece of work, as full of pasion as it is of redeeming, scary irony..."
    New York Times

    Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Intense....Very effective scenes....An impressive-looking production in all respects..."
    Variety

    "...This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor....[Stone] may have achieved a remarkable bridge with PLATOON. He has personalized a war for us..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...With incredible set pieces and gripping firefights the belie the tiny budget, PLATOON's impact has barely diminished over the years..."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] phenomenon....Importantly, Stone captured something of what it felt like to fight in the war."
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