Platoon Movie Review Summary

Actors: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

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Middle class college kid Chris Taylor (Sheen) volunteers for the Army out of patriotic duty and is sent to Vietnam. Soon he is told "you don't belong here" and he learns how true that is. Two veteran sergeants battle for the soul of Taylor: scarred Staff Sgt. Bob Barnes (Berenger), gruff and cynical, who orders a massacre of villagers; and Sgt. Elias Grodin (Dafoe), a good and spiritual man but given to escaping into drugs. Their struggle splits the platoon (which includes young actors Kevin Dillon, Johnny Depp, and Forest Whitaker) down the middle. This 1986 film was the first of writer-director Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy (including "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Heaven and Earth"), is fairly autobiographical, and won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, and Sound.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

This story follows a young soldier in the Vietnam War. A sergeant in his platoon orders the massacre of a small village. This causes a civil war in the platoon while they are fighting the Vietnamese.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

Script Analysis of Platoon

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 35%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 15%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   Vietnam

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes Jungles    -   snakes    -   heat/bugs Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding bombs

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