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outstanding movie! i have seen this movie atleast 50 or 60 times! its almost ridiculous how many times ive seen this! my father is a vietnam vet, on his 3rd tour he lost his arm due to shrapnel from an antipersonnel mine in the Cu Chi district of vietnam. if you like vietnam war movies check out Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill, We were soldiers, Dead Presidents, Tunnel Rats, Apocalypse Now, Uncommon Valor, Casualties Of War, Born On The Fourth Of July, The Deer Hunter Wish they would make more!
I watched it with both the director's commentary and the commentary track by Capt Dale Dye. Interestingly, Oliver's commentary mainly focused on his experience during the war and was less about the technical aspects of making the film. A more comprehensive commentary was offered by Capt Dye, who gave insights on what the actors - or "kids" as he called them - went through, to technical specifics to his views and recollections on the war.

See Platoon this way, along with viewing the making of documentary increased my appreciation for this film, which I had ranked as a distant third to Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Though still my third favorite Vietnam war film, it's moved closer.
It was on TV last night. I own this on video, but haven't watched it in a couple of years, and there was nothing else on. What an awesome movie. Great story, well shot, well paced, unforgettable characters. Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger are perfect. Mrs. Sea finds this movie violent and disturbing (as it should IS a war film after all) , but still grudgingly admits it's pretty good and gives it 8/10.
Honestly, I thought Platoon wasn't as great as it was made out to be. Maybe for a documentary, but not a motion picture. I didn't ever really get a feeling for the plot; was it about something general (as in: This is what it was like.)? Or was it more of a piece about betrayal and loyalties? I dunno.

I thought the three main players did good jobs acting out the parts, a newbie, a wise but low ranking official, and the bloodthirsty stone cold high ranking officer. I won't give away the end, but let's just say Charlie Sheen's character's actions made me VERY happy.
Films watched between January 13, 2004 - January 16, 2004.
I'm just really not one for war movies. Willem Dafoe was the shining force in this film that kept it interesting for me.
Berenger scared the crap out of me.

I'm not some war lovin freak, but i do like war movies and i'm sorry to say this one didn't really spark my interest. It was still okay, some of the effects were good, good lighting and some good camera work.
outdated and under researched

Oliver Stone is a Vietnam Vet. You have to know that. If you don't he will tell you over and over and over...and over...

Sorry, that's just me being cynical. Anyway, Platoon is a good film...just doesn't measure up. I am a big fan of Stone...but I never really got into his critically acclaimed stuff. I still haven't seen Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, Talk Radio, or Heaven and Earth (I do plan on rectifing this by taking a class on him in the fall...not the point).

So, I bought Platoon a couple Christmases ago. I do enjoy it...but like most Stone films, he tends to put a spin on it. Vietnam was hell and people are still paying the price who went over there as kids. But, I was detached from the film and couldn't connect. Maybe because if I ever went to war I would shoot myself in the leg to get out early. Herioc I am not.

"Peppered with a superb cast."
-- Mark Dinning, EMPIRE MAGAZINE
Well, hi. I really dont care about writing anything interesting. Why you ask? Because no one is gonna read this thing. That's right, no body.
But anyway, if the stray sheep were to come over to this paddock, i would say this to them:
Johnny Depp is one hell of an actor. It is amazing how popular he has become since PotC. Simply amazing......
If you ARE reading this, then can u tell me a place that has DECENT screenshots of Secret Window? I want ones from near the end, if anyone has seen any...
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