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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.



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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).


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
Matthew Westfall
as Terrified Soldier
Bob Orwig
as Gardner
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
Steve Barredo
as Fu Sheng
Li Thi Van
as Village Chief's Daughter
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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Critic Reviews for Platoon

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (8)

  • Although Platoon is not the easiest film to watch, it is one of the best at reminding us that the cinema is not always interested in evading or distorting history. Sometimes it tells the truth.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • There are images in Platoon so powerful that they seem, rather than simply imprinted on celluloid, to have been burned into memory.

    Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is movie-making with a zealot's fervor.

    Feb 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Platoon

  • Aug 15, 2017
    Platoon is so much more than just your average war film. This is actually rather intelligent, both in its plot and technical execution. It's the Vietnam War, we follow a platoon of US soldiers as they attempt to wipe out the enemy. The question that this film raises is: who really is the enemy? You have the conflict of the war itself (America against Vietnam) but within the platoon is a conflict for authority. Split between what is right and what is wrong, the moral implications of this war have taken effect on several soldiers as they question their choices. This was a smart element to include within the plot, it was easier to establish character development and build some tension. The majority of the characters were sufficiently developed and their personalities had charisma. This was mostly down to the great cast. Willem Dafoe was easily the best performance, Tom Berenger was also decent and the heated chemistry between them was well conveyed. Charlie Sheen however, didn't work for me. His acting ability consisted of monotonous dialogue delivery and shouting, perhaps he was overpowered by the rest of the great cast? I don't know, just felt meh. Didn't help that his biggest battle was with nature...we're talking ants, leeches and other insects. Obviously, animals love abit of Sheen. Oliver Stone's direction was solid, very realistic and gritty. The makeup effects were practical, the wounds and blown up limbs looked pretty damn realistic. A standout scene was the raiding of the Vietnamese village. This was the turning point where actually the American side were perceived as the antagonists, clearly communicating with our inner moral compasses. Effective, very effective. This is easily one of the best war films I've seen and winning Best Picture was fully justified.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2016
    5/04/2018 - With masterful performances and cinematography, Platoon is probably the best Vietnam war movie ever made. An absolute masterpiece.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2015
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2014
    Oliver Stone's take on Vietnam is good. It just pales in comparison to earlier films like Apocalypse Now and the Deer Hunter. It makes you wonder why the same Vietnam theme is explored again and again and again from the same angle. This one would have been more highly considered if it were the definitive Vietnam epic.
    John B Super Reviewer

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