in about 100 words or less
USA /UK 120m, Colour
Director: Oliver Stone; Cast: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, John C. McGinley
Platoon is a Vietnam war film told from the first person perspective of a patriotic young American soldier played by Charlie Sheen who quits college and joins the army to serve his country. Despite his initial enthusiasm, the reality of the combat situations, including the poor living conditions, and especially the infighting within his platoon turn his focus inward and to one of simple survival. Stone’s portrayal of the war, particularly in view of the ethical dilemmas posed by guerrilla combat, is a dramatic departure from traditional war films that deal with honour and valor (Klaus Ming April 2010).