Platoon (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Movie Info

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).more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Oliver Stone, Richard Boyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 1997
Orion Pictures


Willem Dafoe
as Sgt. Elias
Tom Berenger
as Sgt. Barnes
Forest Whitaker
as Big Harold
John C. McGinley
as Sgt. O'Neill
Mark Moses
as Lt. Wolfe
Li Mai Thao
as Rape Victim
Corey Glover
as Francis
Bob Orwig
as Gardner
Matthew Westfall
as Terrified Soldier
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
Li Thi Van
as Village Chief's Daug...
Steve Barredo
as Fu Sheng
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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News & Interviews for Platoon

Critic Reviews for Platoon

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 24, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Platoon is filled with one fine performance after another, and one can only wish that every person who saw the cartoonish war fantasy that was Rambo would buy a ticket to Platoon and bear witness to something closer to the truth.

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


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Platoon Quotes

Sgt. Barnes: I got no fight with any man who does what he's told, but when he don't, the machine breaks down. And when the machine breaks down, we break down.
– Submitted by Matthew L (5 months ago)
Chris Taylor: Hell is the impossibility of reason.
– Submitted by Alonso A (3 years ago)
Chris Taylor: She's a fucking human being, man! Fuck you!
– Submitted by X L (3 years ago)
Chris Taylor: Somebody once wrote: 'Hell is the impossibility of reason.' That's what this place feels like. Hell.
– Submitted by Brandon C (3 years ago)

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