Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Oliver Stone himself served in Vietnam, and upon his return he began writing the script for Platoon as a counter to the vision of the Vietnam war portrayed in John Wayne's The Green Berets. The story is loosely based on his own experiences in Vietnam.
It tells the story of a young infantryman in Vietnam who is torn between two sergeants, one cynical, one idealistic. The story starts with a raw recruit Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), the narrator, recently being posted to Vietnam. There he joins his infantry unit and begins to experience warfare in the jungle. His innocence soon turns to cynicism as he experiences the harshness of the jungle and infantry life, witnessing friendly fire to illegal killings, culminating in himself taking an act of revenge against a superior.
It was both praised and criticised for its presentation of the brutal violence seen in the war. It shows many US soldiers as violent and indiscriminate killers. The missions they carry out never seem to have any purpose or point, which represents the war on a much larger scale.
It won Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Sound. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Berenger), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe), Best Cinematography and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details