Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two commanding officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes (Tom Berenger) and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe). A line is drawn between the two officers and a number of men in the platoon when an unlawful killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon.

Oliver Stone & Richard Boyle
Platoon - Salvador, The Screenplays
London, 1987
Books with substantial mentioning of Platoon
Jürgen Müller
Die besten Filme der 80er
Köln - London - Los Angeles - Madrid - Paris - Tokyo, 2005

Don Kunz (editor)
The Films of Oliver Stone
Lanham, Md., & London, 1997

Danny Peary
Alternate Oscars, One Critic's Defiant Choices for Best Picture, Actor, and Actress - From 1927 to the Present
New York, 1993
Ian Nathan, The Thin Red Line/Platoon, in: Empire, nr. 264 (June), 2011 pp. 146 (DVD review)
Author:Ian Nathan
Title:The Thin Red Line/Platoon
Illustrations:  yes
DVD review of:   The Thin Red Line (1998)
Platoon (1986)

United Kingdom / United States 1986

Directed by

Kevin Dillon
Tony Todd


Running time:120 minutes
Country:United Kingdom
United States

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