History Trivia / Platoon

6th Oct '17 7:43:47 PM lipranzer
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* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/MadMen Duck Phillips]] is Lt. Wolfe.
12th Sep '17 6:57:47 PM JulianLapostat
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The film was heavily based on Creator/OliverStone's experiences in Vietnam. For example, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped is based on an incident in which he intervened in an assault on a villager in Vietnam. Just how closely it follows real events and how much is ArtisticLicense for sake of drama is a topic of some debate.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The film was heavily based on Creator/OliverStone's experiences in Vietnam. For example, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped is based on an incident in which he intervened in an assault on a villager in Vietnam. Just how closely it follows real events and how much is ArtisticLicense for sake of drama is a topic of some debate.
12th Sep '17 12:01:32 PM YT45
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The film was heavily based on Creator/OliverStone's experiences in Vietnam. For example, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped is based on an incident in which he intervened in an assault on a villager in Vietnam.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The film was heavily based on Creator/OliverStone's experiences in Vietnam. For example, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped is based on an incident in which he intervened in an assault on a villager in Vietnam.
Vietnam. Just how closely it follows real events and how much is ArtisticLicense for sake of drama is a topic of some debate.
30th Jul '17 6:27:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/OliverStone intentionally cast Tom Berenger and Creator/WillemDafoe against type (Berenger, who played the ruthless, sadistic Sgt. Barnes, was mostly famous at that point for playing good guys, while Dafoe, who had primarily played villains up until then, played the heroic, compassionate Sgt. Elias). The casting worked, and both men received Oscar nominations for their work.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/OliverStone intentionally cast Tom Berenger Creator/TomBerenger and Creator/WillemDafoe against type (Berenger, who played the ruthless, sadistic Sgt. Barnes, was mostly famous at that point for playing good guys, while Dafoe, who had primarily played villains up until then, played the heroic, compassionate Sgt. Elias). The casting worked, and both men received Oscar nominations for their work.
21st Jul '17 6:23:56 PM SventheCrusader
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* StarMakingRole: This is what basically launched Creator/CharlieSheen's career, after a couple of memorable smaller roles. He lampoons his role in this movie in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' (along with his dad Creator/MartinSheen for ''Film/ApocalypseNow''), "I loved you in ''Film/WallStreet''!"

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* StarMakingRole: This is what basically launched Creator/CharlieSheen's career, after a couple of memorable smaller roles. He lampoons his role in this movie in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' (along with his dad Creator/MartinSheen for ''Film/ApocalypseNow''), "I loved you in ''Film/WallStreet''!"''Film/WallStreet''!" Creator/KeithDavid also found considerable success after this film, though he became more of a veteran of voice acting than screen acting.
21st Jul '17 6:21:08 PM SventheCrusader
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* CastTheExpert: Director Creator/OliverStone and technical adviser Dale Dye are both Vietnam veterans.
2nd Jun '17 6:21:53 AM Wuz
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} for Vietnam.
9th Oct '16 3:36:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/OliverStone at one point wanted Creator/MickeyRourke for Barnes and Creator/NickNolte, but they both turned it down.

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** Creator/OliverStone wanted to cast Creator/JohnnyDepp as Chris, but the studio felt he was too young and he got a smaller part. Ironically, Sheen is three years younger than Depp.
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at one point wanted Creator/MickeyRourke for Barnes and Creator/NickNolte, but they both turned it down.


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** James Woods turned down a role because he couldn't face working with Stone in another jungle.
9th Oct '16 3:34:24 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* FatalMethodActing: Averted. Creator/CharlieSheen credits Creator/KeithDavid with saving his life during production. While shooting in an open-doored Huey gunship, the helicopter banked too hard and Sheen was thrown towards - and would have gone through - the open door. David grabbed him by the back and pulled him back in.
* InMemoriam: The film is "Dedicated to the men who fought and died in the Vietnam War".
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/OliverStone intentionally cast Tom Berenger and Creator/WillemDafoe against type (Berenger, who played the ruthless, sadistic Sgt. Barnes, was mostly famous at that point for playing good guys, while Dafoe, who had primarily played villains up until then, played the heroic, compassionate Sgt. Elias). The casting worked, and both men received Oscar nominations for their work.




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* ThrowItIn:
** During the opening credits, Big Harold falls and rolls down a hill. Creator/ForestWhitaker claims it was a real, unintentional fall.
** After Taylor takes his revenge on Sgt. Barnes, the other platoon arrives to look for survivors and someone asks Taylor if he's okay. As he does, Taylor quickly drops a grenade. The script didn't call for it, but Creator/CharlieSheen thought his character would be suicidal at that point in the movie, and Creator/OliverStone liked it and kept it in the movie.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/JohnCusack, Creator/KyleMacLachlan and Creator/KeanuReeves turned down the role of Chris Taylor. Originally Creator/CharlieSheen was turned down for the main role of Chris because it was felt he was too young for the part. His older brother Emilio Estevez was offered the part but the project fell apart due to financial problems. Two years later the project was given the go-ahead, but Estevez had already committed to other projects. Charlie Sheen again read for the part and won it.
** Creator/OliverStone at one point wanted Creator/MickeyRourke for Barnes and Creator/NickNolte, but they both turned it down.
** Creator/KevinCostner was offered the role of Barnes, but he turned it down, as he had a brother who served in Vietnam and didn't want to disrespect him.
** Creator/JeffBridges was considered for Elias and Creator/DenzelWashington was interested. Creator/ValKilmer auditioned for the role. According to Stone, he gave a bizarre audition where he portrayed the character as an Indian shaman.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: The film was heavily based on Creator/OliverStone's experiences in Vietnam. For example, the scene in which Chris saves a Vietnamese girl from being raped is based on an incident in which he intervened in an assault on a villager in Vietnam.
17th Sep '16 2:40:51 PM DrOO7
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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #86

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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #86
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