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 breakthrough as a director, Platoon is a brutally realistic look at a young soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a college student who quits school to volunteer for the Army in the late '60s. He's shipped off to Vietnam, where he serves with a culturally diverse group of fellow soldiers under two men who lead the platoon: Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger), whose facial scars are a mirror of the violence and corruption of his soul, and Sgt. Elias (Willem … 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


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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
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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.

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