|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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PowerfulBy AMcHarg (14 reviews) from Livingston , 16 Dec 2009A realistic interpretation of the war and those who really fought in it.
Fantastic filmBy Helie (1 review) from Brighton , 27 Oct 2009Absolutely brilliant film, showing the destruction of the Vietnam war. I really enjoyed it and i would definitely recommend anyone to see this if they can. The music is fantasic, with music from the period and the beautifully haunting Adagio for Strings. This is one of the best films you will ever see!
brilliantBy rpopper65 (151 reviews) from London , 24 Sep 2009One of the best movies of all time, not just one of the best war movies or best Vietnam movies of all time. In my opinion, better than Apocalypse Now (although, that one has much more memorable quotes). As time passes, this movie gets better and better. See some of the earliest on-screen work from Forrest Whittaker, Johnny Depp, Kevin Dillon and Charlie Sheen. Willem Defoe has never been better, too. The music played over the final scene is absolutely breath-taking, too.
PlatoonBy Tatties (8 reviews) from Dundee , 21 Sep 2009I thought it had it all and Tom Beringer plays a mean bad guy
Masterpiece?By GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 18 Sep 2009Even after several viewings and loads of other Vietnam movies since, Platoon still has the ability to be rivetting and shocking.
I believe this remains Oliver Stone's finest achievement, and a masterpiece of the war genre, and certainly of the Vietnam movie sub-genre.
Its worth another look if you haven't seen it recently. One scene in particular i still find difficult to look at, so I confirm this is a powerful movie.
It fails to reach ther 5 star mark simply because of the revenge theme which over dominates the last third, and one or two of Stone's scenes jar a little with me. But this is a great piece of cinema.