Platoon (1986)

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).

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 24, 1986
DVD Release Date: December 9, 1997
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

Platoon is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The utter chaos of war in Vietnam is brilliantly portrayed. No one can deny this film the power of its images and the weight of all-pervasive terror it creates.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is a modern classic and a personal exorcism for its director.

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Eugene Bernabe
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xGary Xx
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Kase Vollebregt
Oliver Stone's 'Platoon' is an excellent foray into the chaos of our most chaotic war. It is still powerful, shocking, and realistic. Stone has a… More