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Platoon (DVD)

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In PLATOON, Oliver Stone uses his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the immediacy of guerrilla warfare: the brutal heat of the jungle,...

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“Whatta you know about death?”

published 12/10/2006

ProFor vietnam addicts everywhere

ConsHard to find any...sorry

Platoon is a very well known, now iconic movie made by Oliver Stone. The movie I think set the standards for Vietnam movies of the 80's, probably influenced by Apocalypse Now but certainly a league above the rest - Hamburger Hill et al (and probably eclipses Apocalypse Now a little). Contents...

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“Welcome to Nam!”

published 12/10/2009

ProExcellent story and acting, amazing effects

Conshard viewing at times, horrific injuries

Whenever this had been on TV and hubby said he wanted to watch it I said no as it really didn’t appeal tome but after seeing a trailer for it on a recent DVD which we watched I thought that it did actually look quite good. I managed to find this DVD in Tesco on my last visit so I picked it up for...

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Excellent

ProSuperb film on what was a contentious period in US...

ConsYou've probably already seen the original release ...

Platoon had a lasting, profound impact when it hit the cinemas way back in '86. It was not the first film to be set in Vietnam during the US's "Police action", but it was the first one to be based directly on the experiences of a grunt that had been there. Vietnam has always been a difficult...

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Excellent

“Reaching for the heavens”

published 11/10/2001

Progreat film, informative commentaries, great docume...

Consthe sound mix

A look through the filmography of Oliver Stone will show that he isn’t a filmmaker interested in romantic fairytales or mind-numbing action flicks. No Stone’s motives for being in film are different. He tackles subjects of his home country, the unanswered questions in America and at...

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Excellent

Progritty, and realistic

Consbrutal

Platoon. Film review only. Directed by Oliver Stone Produced by Arnold Kopelson Written by Oliver stone Starring, amongst others Charlie sheen, willem Defoe, and Tom Berenger. Released first in 1986, Platoon received a rather mixed reception. The strange thing is, that it was both praised and...

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Excellent

ProJust great!

ConsAre you kidding there are none!

The first in the Vietnam trilogy by director/writer Oliver stone, he went on to complete the trio with "Born on the 4th of July (1989)" and finally "Heaven And Earth (1993)". Stone is one of those directors with incredible history and I will say more about him later in my opinion. The Cast list...

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Excellent

ProRealistic, great performances

ConsWill not suit all tastes

I think the thing that comes through most in Platoon is this is what Vietnam was like. It doesn’t go in for the glory of war or any other Hollywood nonsense; Oliver Stones uses his own experiences to put across what it was like. It is probably as close to a true to life account as you can...

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Excellent

ProOne of the best war films ever

Consupsetting in places

You wouldn’t think that the Americans would be desperately keen to keep making films about their second worst military defeat ever, but they are and show no sign of stopping. Films about Vietnam started being made the second the real conflict was over and continue right up to the present...

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Super

ProVisuals; acting; music; direction

ConsOverplayed the political message a bit too much

Oliver Stone's Platoon is one of the first war films I ever saw. Violent, unyielding and full of metaphor, it depicts the Vietnam War as one that is unnecessary and full of hatred, both within allies and towards enemies. It takes a young recruit, Chris, and places him in a bubbling troop of...

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Excellent

“One of Stones better films”

published 19/01/2001

ProGood Story, realism, Sheen & Defoe performances, c...

Conscontrite, weak ending.

Platoon is certainly one of my favourite war films from any particular era, although it doesn't quite reach the same intensity of Apocalypse Now or All Quiet on the Western Front. But it does have a more natural honesty about it than say Saving Private Ryan. What I particularly liked about the...

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The Vietnam war seems to be one subject in the film world that has thrown up a host of well respected movies. Unlike the glorification and propaganda overtones that are prevalent amongst those that retell the Second World War, by the time directors began to tackle the subject of Vietnam, a very...

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“A moving War”

published 11/02/2001

ProGreat war picture that shows how it really was

ConsToo much swearing

When war broke out in Viet nam in the 60's, everyone, including the Americans never expected it to escalate and continue for nearly 10 years. It was a war with no winners. Only losers. Mainly the Americans. It also divided a nation both on and off the battle field. This film tells the story of...

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Excellent

Proscript, direction, scenery and camera-work

Consnone

Obviously, this is about the masterpiece that was Platoon, a film by Oliver Stone. This has to be one of the greatest Vietnam War films ever, winning several oscars. Some may say that Hamburger Hill, which is in itself a fantastic film, was the more deserving of the two, but I fell that Platoon...

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Excellent

Proacting

Consdisturbing scenes

WHAT IS IT ABOUT: This powerful war film follows a new recruit to the Viet Nam war who refuses to accept the atrocities that take place there. Starring Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp, the movie is directed by Oliver Stone. IS IT ANY GOOD: In terms of war movies, this is a seminal work. The plot...

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Super

ProVery credible account of Vietnam (Not that ... "I ...

ConsCredibility problems with Charle Sheen.

“Six of you guys, one of me, so kill me” Spread across thousands student bedrooms in the late 80’s, posters depicted the demise of Sgt (Willem Dafoe) Elias. Elias is the metaphorical good to Sgt (Tom Berenger) Barnes’s evil. Stuck in the middle is Chris (Charlie Sheen) Taylor, the films narrator...

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In PLATOON, Oliver Stone uses his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the immediacy of guerrilla warfare: the brutal 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 firefight, 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 while on an o.p., an enraged Barnes kills some Vietnamese who may or may not have been VC and orders the burning of their village, outraging the temporarily absent Elias. As the conflict between these two reaches its tragic denouncement, Chris must decide what he really values. Widely regarded as one of the finest war films ever made, PLATOON reflects not only the nation's division over Vietnam but it intimately conveys timeless verities of battle: terror, disorientation, exhilaration, and horrible loss.

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