The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 32):
49. “Platoon” (1986)
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Charlie Sheen—Pvt. Chris Taylor
Tom Berenger—Sgt. Barnes
Willen Dafoe—Sgt. Elias
John C. McGinley—Sgt. O’Neil
Keith David –King
Forest Whitaker—Big Harold
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $241,080 (USA) (6 Screens)
*Gross: $137,963,328 (USA)
*Shot in only 54 days.
*Keanu Reeves turned down the role of Pvt. Chris Taylor .
*They considered casting Johnny Depp for the role of Pvt. Chris Taylor, but Depp was to young and unknown at the time.
*Originally Charlie Sheen was turned down. His older brother Emilio Estevez was offer the part but it fell apart do to financial problems. The project got the go-head two year later but Emilio Estevez was already committed to other project. So Charlie Sheen end up getting part anyway.
*The part of Sgt. Barnes originally offered to Kevin Costner.
*All of the actors had to endure a 14-Day boot camp. Shooting for the film started right after the boot the camp, so the actors would not lose there edge.
*They made special packs of Marlboro cigarette were made for the movie on the insistence of Oliver Stone, who wanted the cherry-red color on the pack to match the packs from the 1906’s.
*The final battle of the movie was a recreation of an actual event that was witnessed by Technical Advisor Dale Dye, who was a combat correspondent with 2nd Btn, 3rd Marines.
*Based on Oliver Stone personal experience during the war in Vietnam. Stone wrote the first draft for the film in1971 and finished the script in1976. It took two years for some to buy the script.
*The cat and crew arrived in the Philippines in early 1986
,it was almost simultaneous to the being of the Edsa Revolution of 1986 that toppled Fredinand Marcos.
*During the opening credits, Big Harold (Frost Whitaker) falls and rolls down a hill. Whitaker claims it was a real, unintentional fall.
*Banned in Vietnam because of its depiction of the Vietnamese.
*”Platoon” is part one of Oliver Stone’s Vietnam-trilogy. The other two part are “Heaven and Earth” and “Born on the Fourth of July”. Many of the actors from “Platoon” have bit parts in “Born on the Fourth of July”.
Why I Picked this movie #49:
1.In the top ten of best war films ever made.
2. The best film ever made about Vietnam War.
3. It has a great realism of war.
4. Awesome Cast.
5. Great script.
6. Awesome action and drama.
7. It is Oliver Stone best film.
8. It is one the first movie to show how war really is and especially how it was in the Vietnam War. And how war can change a man.
First time seeing it:
Saw it on tape.