A naive American soldier's view of the Vietnam War starts to change after he witnesses murder and rape at the hands of his compatriots.
Dealing with the day-to-day existence of an infantry rifle platoon of thirty guys from all walks of life, PLATOON examines the fight between good and evil in the outfit and what it was really like to be a foot soldier (grunt) in Vietnam.
Stone's personal Vietnam experiences inspired this account of a young soldier's year-long tour of duty near the Cambodian border. Multi-Oscar winner, including Best Picture!
Dealing with the day-to-day existence of an infantry rifle platoon of thirty guys from all walks of life, Platoon examines the fight between good and evil in the outfit and what it was really like to be a foot soldier (grunt) in Vietnam.
Winner of 4 Academy Awards , including Best Picture, and based on the first-hand experience of Oscar -winning director Oliver Stone, Platoon is powerful, intense and starkly brutal. 'Harrowingly realistic and completely convincing' (Leonard Maltin), it is 'a dark, unforgettable memorial' (The Washington Post) to every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.
Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who, upon his arrival in Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him.
While his two commanding officers (Oscar -nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man's highest value... life.
Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young American who has abandoned a privileged life at a university to enlist in the infantry, volunteering for combat duty in Vietnam. The year is September 1967. Upon arrival in Da Nang, South Vietnam, he sees dead soldiers in body bags being loaded into his plane, but more distressing to him is the shellshocked state of a departing soldier with the thousand-yard stare. Taylor and several other replacements have been assigned to Bravo Company, 25th Infantry division, 'somewhere near the Cambodian border.' Worn down by the exhausting work and living conditions, his enthusiasm for the war wanes quickly and he develops an admiration for the more experienced soldiers, despite their reluctance to extend their friendship.
One day, another new arrival, platoon commander Lieutenant Wolfe (Mark Moses) discusses the plans for a patrol later that night with the platoon sergeants: the compassionate Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), harsh but hard core Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), cowardly lifer Sergeant Red O'Neil (John C. McGinley), and drug addict Sergeant Warren (Tony Todd). Barnes and Elias argue over whether to send the new men out on a patrol that is likely to be ambushed. O'Neil insists that the new troops go out instead of several men under him who are nearly finished with their tours of duty. Barnes agrees, only on the condition that O'Neil goes out as well.
That night, Taylor's sleeping unit is set upon by a squad of North Vietnamese Army soldiers. Gardner (Bob Orwig), a fellow new recruit, is killed, and another soldier, Tex (David Neidorf), is maimed. Despite having passed the watch duty to Junior (Reggie Johnson), a more experienced soldier who fell asleep, Taylor is blamed for the casualties (O'Neil is also to blame, having thrown the grenade that maimed Tex). Immediately after the fighting Taylor discovers a light wound to his neck, and he is sent to the field hospital for treatment.
A bonus feraturette from the Platoon Blu-ray which looks at how people can relate to the film.
TV Spot for the Platoon 20th Anniversary Blu-ray which will be available on May 24th.