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Platoon (1986)



Critic Consensus: Informed by director Oliver Stone's personal experiences in Vietnam, Platoon forgoes easy sermonizing in favor of a harrowing, ground-level view of war, bolstered by no-holds-barred performances from Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.

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Oliver Stone's autobiographical Vietnam War film stars Charlie Sheen as Chris Taylor, a neophyte soldier who finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good (Willem Dafoe) and the other evil (Tom Berenger).

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Charlie Sheen
as Chris, Chris Taylor
Willem Dafoe
as sier?ant Elias, Sgt. Elias
Tom Berenger
as Sgt. Barnes, sier?ant Barnes
Forest Whitaker
as Big Harold, Wielki Harold
John C. McGinley
as Sgt. O'Neill, sier?ant O'Neill
Mark Moses
as Lt. Wolfe
Li Mai Thao
as Rape Victim
Corey Glover
as Francis
Matthew Westfall
as Terrified Soldier
Bob Orwig
as Gardner
Tony Todd
as Warren
Kevin Eshelman
as Morehouse
Adam J. Glover
as Sanderson
Dale Dye
as Capt. Harris
Bernardo Manalili
as Village Chief
Than Rogers
as Village Chief's Wife
Steve Barredo
as Fu Sheng
Li Thi Van
as Village Chief's Daughter
Clarisa Ortacio
as Old Woman
Romy Sevilla
as One-Legged Man
Mathew Westfall
as Terrified Soldier
Nick Nicholson
as Mechanized Soldier
Warren McLean
as Mechanized Soldier
Oliver Stone
as Officer in Bunker
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Critic Reviews for Platoon

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (19)

Although Platoon is not the easiest film to watch, it is one of the best at reminding us that the cinema is not always interested in evading or distorting history. Sometimes it tells the truth.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This film is an act of courage. Stone, the gutsy writer-director, records in a devastating barrage of images the relentless horror and the senseless carnage experienced by far too many Americans in Vietnam.

February 22, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight.

February 22, 2015

There are images in Platoon so powerful that they seem, rather than simply imprinted on celluloid, to have been burned into memory.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

Precisely because Stone forces you to experience a grunt's tunnel vision and rage, Platoon is a film of inspiring empathy and awesome force. Curiously, that same tunnelvision in the end compromises Platoon.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor.

February 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Platoon

Platoon is the landmark definition of a war film. Pulse-pounding sequences stacked on well-performed portrayal of soldiers (Sheen, Berenger & Dafoe) as well as a couple of heart-wrenching scenes that would be somewhat difficult to view. The film is Oliver Stone's most significant to date, especially since it's based off his own personal experience in the Vietnam War. 4/5

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Eugene Bernabe

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A more human telling of the Vietnam experience than it's bleakly factual contemporary Full Metal Jacket, this film is almost scuppered by the gimmicky casting of Charlie Sheen in the lead role. The strong supporting cast make up for his obvious shortcomings as a serious actor, however. Watch out for a young Johnny Depp as Lerner.

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