Platoon (1986)
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Tom Berenger
Willem Dafoe
Charlie Sheen
Movie Details
Director Oliver Stone
Producer Arnold Kopelson
Writer Oliver Stone
Studio MGM / UA
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 2 hr 0 mins
Color Color
Platoon put writer-turned-director Oliver Stone on the Hollywood map; it is still his most acclaimed and effective film, probably because it is based on Stone's firsthand experience as an American soldier in Vietnam. Chris (Charlie Sheen) is an infantryman whose loyalty is tested by two superior officers: Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), a former hippie humanist who really cares about his men (this was a few years before he played Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), and Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), a moody, macho soldier who may have gone over to the dark side. The personalities of the two sergeants correspond to their combat drugs of choice--pot for Elias and booze for Barnes. Stone has become known for his sledgehammer visual style, but in this film it seems perfectly appropriate. His violent and disorienting images have a terrifying immediacy, a you-are-there quality that gives you a sense of how things may have felt to an infantryman in the jungles of Vietnam. Platoon won Oscars for best picture and director. The digital video disc transfer was supervised by cinematographer Robert Richardson, and includes two commentary tracks (one by Stone and one by military technical advisor Dale Dye) and a 50-minute documentary about the making of Platoon called A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting Platoon. --Jim Emerson
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Collection Status In Collection
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Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 027616851567
Chapters 32
Release Date 8/15/00
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1