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Platoon (1986)

Director:
Oliver Stone
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
War
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Platoon
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producer:
Arnold Kopelson
Screenwriter:
Oliver Stone


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Private First Class Chris Taylor Charlie Sheen
Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes Tom Berenger
Sergeant Gordon Elias Willem Dafoe
Sergeant Rod O'Neill John C. McGinley
Bunny Kevin Dillon
Junior Reggie Johnson
King Keith David
Lt. Wolfe Mark Moses
Rhah Francesco Quinn
Big Harold Forest Whitaker
Sergeant Warren Tony Todd
Gardner Bob Orwig
Sal Richard Edson
Lerner Johnny Depp
Captain Harris Dale Dye

 

Review

Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone's second war film of 1986 (after the less successful but critically acclaimed Salvador) is a hard-hitting, ostensibly realistic account of war in general and the Vietnam War in particular. Stone is out to demonstrate, through his first-hand knowledge, the horrors and chaos experienced by the young American soldiers in Vietnam, and he admittedly succeeds in just that. The skirmishes show the lack of control, often plan, and sometimes sanity these soldiers have while trying to fight an arguably meaningless war, and at its best these scenes really get to you as Stone hammers his message through. In contrast, the film is also inherently showy, with overplayed performances from young and inexperiences actors who try a little too hard, and with a director who despite the purported realism of his story still makes a film that isn't that far from Rambo territory. Perhaps it was exactly comparisons like this that made people and the Academy sing Platoon's praises so loudly back in 1986, but seen today it's hard not to view it as a product of its time rather than as an account from the Vietnam War itself.

Copyright 11.12.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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