Helmed by Oliver Stone, this searing autobiographical drama chronicles the Vietnam experiences of naive volunteer soldier Chris Taylor, whose view of the conflict starts to change after witnessing murder and rape at the hands of his compatriots.
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- Oliver Stone
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1987 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Feature
- Best Director: Oliver Stone
- 1988 BAFTA®
- Best Direction: Oliver Stone
- 1987 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Top 100 Thrills
- Top 100 Movies
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Platoon is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Extras include a Spanish soundtrack, French and Spanish subtitles, the original theatrical trailer and a collectible, brochure-styled booklet.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 5.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Oscar-winning war drama -- one of the most highly regarded Vietnam War movies -- is highly violent, powerful, and devastating. The violence is intense, with almost constant guns, blood, and dead bodies; soldiers also shoot and rape (mostly implied) Vietnamese characters, and burn a village. Language is likewise very strong, with almost constant use of "f--k," as well as heavy uses of words like "s--t" and "c--ksucker."
- Sexual Content
- Some playful sexual innuendo in the dialogue.
- This movie features brutal, up-close war violence, with guns and shooting, lots of blood, and many, many dead bodies. The movie puts us in the thick of battle, with explosions, screaming, and sheer terror as well as sheer adrenaline. American soldiers are seen beating up and committing other atrocities on Vietnamese people (i.e. raping, shooting, burning villages, etc.).
- There is very strong, constant language here. "F--k" and "motherf--ker" are used quite often, as is "s--t," "p---y," and "c--ksucker." Other words include "dick," "hell," "son of a bitch," "ass," "asshole," "Goddamn," "bitch," "pecker," "faggot," and "Jesus Christ" and "for Christ's sake." Additionally, there are racial slurs like "gook."
- Social Behavior
- The overall message of this movie is that war is futile, and the Vietnam War was especially futile. Good people get killed and bad people survive. Good people do bad things. Nothing is solved. The hero finds his courage over the course of the movie, to a degree, but he also finds disgust and despair.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some soldiers are likely older teens and most characters are seen smoking cigarettes and/or pot at some point. A few characters drink beers in one scene.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it