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Plot, Details & Awards

Platoon

(1986)
R In Theaters 12/19/1986 , 113min.
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Plot & Details

Oliver Stone's breakthrough as a director, Platoon is a brutally realistic look at a young soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a college student who quits school to volunteer for the Army in the late '60s. He's shipped off to Vietnam, where he serves with a culturally diverse group of fellow soldiers under two men who lead the platoon: Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger), whose facial scars are a mirror of the violence and corruption of his soul, and Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe), who maintains a Zen-like calm in the jungle and fights with both personal and moral courage even though he no longer believes in the war. After a few weeks "in country," Taylor begins to see the naïveté of his views of the war, especially after a quick search for enemy troops devolves into a round of murder and rape. Unlike Hollywood's first wave of Vietnam movies (including The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Coming Home), Platoon is a grunt's-eye view of the war, touching on moral issues but focusing on the men who fought the battles and suffered the wounds. In this sense, it resembles older war movies more than its Vietnam peers, as it mixes familiar elements of onscreen battle with small realistic details: bugs, jungle rot, exhaustion, C-rations, marijuana, and counting the days before you go home. This mix of traditional war movie elements with a contemporary sensibility won Platoon four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, and a reputation as one of the definitive modern war films.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Simon Kaye Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Willem Dafoe Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Robert Richardson Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Oliver Stone Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Arnold Kopelson Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Richard D. Rogers Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Oliver Stone Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Charles Grenzbach Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Tom Berenger Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Claire Simpson Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Oliver Stone Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Oliver Stone Won
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Tom Berenger Won
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Oliver Stone Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director Oliver Stone Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Oliver Stone Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Directors Guild of America Best Director Oliver Stone Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Oliver Stone Won
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Robert Richardson Won
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Oliver Stone Won
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Won
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Willem Dafoe Nominated

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