1 Year, 100 Movies: #86 Platoon (1986)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

Platoon was written and directed by Oliver Stone based on his own experience in Vietnam. I have to say- working with veterans in my day job, it was interesting to see this movie based on the Vietnam War. It was both inspiring and defeating, watching some of the choices made. It’s a film filled with setbacks at every new move they make. It tests the men’s characters, showing through their decisions in the line of fire what each of them are made of. Throughout the movie is the connecting line of the hopelessness of the cause.

I was surprised with the interesting casting: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, John C. McGinley (from Scrubs) and Johnny Depp! Seems like a motley crew, and goodness, can they act!

Overall it was a good movie but not one that you could watch all the time for kicks and giggles. It’s a realistic and bloody look at the Vietnam war from the trenches- besides Charlie Sheen’s hair looking pretty fabulous most of the time.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:



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