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"The first casualty of war is innocence."

Platoon is a drama war film that came out in the year 1986. It was a film that won Best Picture for the year 1986 and is one of the best movies of all time. In the film a young soldier drops out of college and enlists in the Army. He is sent to Vietnam to participate in the war during the late 1960's. While serving his duty he comes across two sergeants that have differing philosophies and this creates a conflict within the platoon. He is forever changed by the experience and is relieved to get out of Vietnam.

A young soldier named Chris Taylor arrives in Vietnam as part of the newest group of troops to help participate in the war during the year 1967. Taylor quickly finds out that soldiering in Vietnam is awful as he has to do patrols in the jungle and in extreme heat. He also has to help dig ditches and help with other mundane tasks. Shortly after his arrival he discovers two sergeants who are running the platoon. They are named Barnes and Elias. Barnes is a very fierce, mean and ruthless sergeant while Elias is a more easygoing and humane sergeant. The platoon is divided due to the differing personalities and approaches of the two sergeants.

Over time the entire platoon goes on a number of patrols and gets into some fierce battles in the jungle. In one of the battles, Elias is confronted by Barnes during an ambush and after the Vietnamese retreat, Barnes shoots Elias. Barnes tells Taylor that Elias is dead but then finds Elias running for his life out of the jungle. The platoon tries to save him but Elias gets killed by the Vietnamese soldiers. Taylor is very bitter about this and vows to get Barnes into a lot of trouble. In the end the platoon has one last battle where the entire area is bombed. Fortunately Taylor and a few others survive. The next morning Taylor confronts Barnes and kills him. Taylor then gets carted out and leaves Vietnam.

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| 1986 | 2 hr | 8.1/10
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Oliver Stone
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