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Platoon Details

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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 Dafoe), who maintains a Zen-like calm in the jungle and fights with both personal and moral courage even though he no longer believes in the war. After a few weeks "in country," Taylor begins to see the naïveté of his views of the war, especially after a quick search for enemy troops devolves into a round of murder and rape. Unlike Hollywood's first wave of Vietnam movies (including The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Coming Home), Platoon is a grunt's-eye view of the war, touching on moral issues but focusing on the men who fought the battles and suffered the wounds. In this sense, it resembles older war movies more than its Vietnam peers, as it mixes familiar elements of onscreen battle with small realistic details: bugs, jungle rot, exhaustion, C-rations, marijuana, and counting the days before you go home. This mix of traditional war movie elements with a contemporary sensibility won Platoon four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, and a reputation as one of the definitive modern war films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oliver Stone Best Director 1986 Winner
Directors Guild of America Oliver Stone Best Director 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Stone Best Director 1986 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Oliver Stone Best Director 1986 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Oliver Stone Best Screenplay 1986 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Oliver Stone Best Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Stone Best Original Screenplay 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Oliver Stone Best Director 1987 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Oliver Stone Silver Bear for Best Director 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simon Kaye Best Sound 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Willem Dafoe Best Supporting Actor 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Willem Dafoe Best Actor 1986 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Berenger Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Berenger Best Supporting Actor 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arnold Kopelson Best Picture 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Claire Simpson Best Editing 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Grenzbach Best Sound 1986 Winner

Cast

Tom Berenger
as Sgt. Barnes
Willem Dafoe
as Sgt. Elias Grodin
Charlie Sheen
as Chris Taylor
Forest Whitaker
as Big Harold
Francesco Quinn
as Rhah
Kevin Dillon
as Bunny
Richard Edson
as Sal
John C. McGinley
as Sgt. O'Neill
Reggie Johnson
as Junior
Keith David
as King
Johnny Depp
as Lerner
David Neidorf
as Tex
Bernardo Manalili
as Village Chief
Chris Castillejo
as Rodriguez
Steve Barredo
as Fu Sheng
Matthew Westfall
as Terrified Soldier
Clarisa Ortacio
as Old Woman
Warren McLean
as Mechanized Soldier #2
Ron Barracks
as Medic
Tony Todd
as Warren
Dale Dye
as Capt. Harris
Oliver Stone
as Officer in Bunker
Basile Achara
as Flash
Corkey Ford
as Manny
Ivan Kane
as Tony
Andrew B. Clark
as Tubbs
Romy Sevilla
as One-Legged Man
Corey Glover
as Francis
Than Rogers
as Village Chief's Wife
Paul Sanchez
as Doc
Mark Moses
as Lt. Wolfe
Peter Hicks
as Parker
Chris Pederson
as Crawford
Kevin Eshelman
as Morehouse
Bob Orwig
as Gardner
James Terry McIlvain
as Ace

Crew

Oliver Stone
Director
Arnold Kopelson
Producer
Richard Boyle
Screenwriter
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Marvin Tarplin
Songwriter
Samuel Barber
Featured Music
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Georges Delerue
Musical Direction/Supervision
Smokey Robinson
Featured Music
Grace Slick
Songwriter
Claire Simpson
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Rodell Cruz
Art Director
A. Kitman Ho
Co-producer
Derek Gibson
Executive Producer
John Daly
Executive Producer
Yves de Bono
Special Effects
Gil Arceo
Stunts
Bob Morones
Casting
Simon Kaye
Sound Mixer
Warren McLean
Casting
Pat Golden
Casting
Cecille Baun
Makeup
Charles Grenzbach
Re-Recording Mixer
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