|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Francesco Quinn, Forest Whitaker, John McGinley, Richard Edson, Kevin Dillon, Keith David, Johnny Depp, Mark Moses, David Neidorf|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats, American Film Institute's top 100, Best Picture Oscar Winners|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Sep 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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Welcome to the 'NamBy a customer from Cornwall , 20 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]There has been much debate about what was the best film of the 1980s. 'Platoon' deserves real consideration. I don't think it was the best (I am partial to 'Raging Bull'), but 'Platoon' is easily in the top five of that decade. Writer-director Oliver Stone's experiences in Vietnam were the catalysts for this amazing masterpiece, which won four Oscars in 1986, including the Best Picture of the year. Young Charlie Sheen experiences a year of hell as he witnesses atrocities and learns first-hand that innocence is the initial casualty of warfare. At the heart of 'Platoon' is the conflict between veteran sergeants Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe (both Oscar-nominated). Berenger is crazed and has distorted views about war. His twisted views will lead to conflict with peaceful and deep-thinking Willem Dafoe who acts as the voice of reason in a time and place of total chaos. Sheen, Berenger and Dafoe all have the best performances to date. They are solid in every way imaginable. Familiar faces like John C. McGinley, Keith David, Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon and Tony Todd are all perfect in limited, but important screen time. Oliver Stone, regardless of what else he has done or will do, will always be remembered for his stunning creation of this film. A true modern-day masterpiece.
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One of the bestBy a customer , 03 Dec 2013This is not a film about fighting the Vietcong. As 'Full Metal Jacket' dealt with the terrifying training and 'The Deer Hunter,' 'Taxi Driver' and 'First Blood' with what war does to a person, this film looks at the conflicts between a platoon during the war, highlighting its futility and horrific reality. The title may seem unimaginative, but it is in fact extremely fitting. This is all about a platoon. The whole cast perform fantastically as representations of different attitudes to the war and the conflict that follows. Most notable are Berenger and Dafoe as the twisted killer and the drugged up peace guy, both representing different extremes with regards to being unable to face up to the reality. Charlie Sheen surprised me in a magnificent performance as the young private who volunteered and faces the gritty, bitter reality of the war from an everyman perspective. It is only right that he should be the narrator. As Roger Ebert observed, not a single enemy soldier is ever clearly visible throughout the film. And as Charlie Sheen's character observes, they're not fighting the enemy, they're fighting themselves. For me, no film has ever emphasised the stupidity of such a war and the gritty, disturbing experience of being a part of it.
Another great Vietnam filmBy Chas1989 (17 reviews) , 11 Aug 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Great Vietnam war film
Some great performances from the likes of Sheen, Dafoe and Berenger as well as some great sequences.
Very goodBy a customer from Leicester, England , 09 Mar 2012Classic film, must see again. Sheen is magnificent
what a brill film!!!!!!!!!!!!!By PeanutButterJellyTime (11 reviews) from Hertfordshire , 27 Feb 2012I had heard so much about this film, and thought the man-thing would appreciate it too. I am not a huge war film fan, but I really enjoyed this film.
I'd put it up there with saving private ryan, for sheer wowness
War What is it Good ForBy Ropadope (4 reviews) from Tilbury , 13 Aug 2011Truly stands up for the futility of war and how you don't fight for your country you fight for one thing and one thing only to survive at what ever the cost to Acquaintances 'you cant afford friends' or the enemy who are even wearing the same uniform as yourself. I really cannot think of one bad performance in this movie As good today as when I see it on release at the cinema, in fact have now purchased my own copy