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* BackedByThePentagon: Averted[=/=]Defied. The military refused to have anything to do with this film.
* [[BannedInChina Banned in Vietnam and Malaysia]]: The former for having the American soldiers destroy a village. The latter for its excessive profanity and violence.
* DeletedScene: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO7KuOLVMk0 Here]], complete with an alternate ending where [[spoiler:Barnes lives]].
* DoingItForTheArt: This movie was Creator/OliverStone's dream project.
* HeyItsThatGuy: A LOT of 'em.
** Yeah, [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]] was in 'Nam (he plays Red O'Neill). Bonus points: in both roles he's often seen bickering with a smug superior named Bob.
** Creator/JohnnyDepp is in a minor role as Private Gator Lerner, one of Elias' friends.
** Captain Harris is Dale Dye, who served in Vietnam and to whom fell the honor of writing the novelization of the film.
** [[Creator/KeithDavid Goliath]] befriends the protagonist [[NewMeat FNG]]. As in ''Film/PitchBlack'', David is part of a group under attack by a much larger force, but survives long enough to fly away to safety.
** LivingColour frontman Corey Glover is Francis.
** [[Series/{{Entourage}} Johnny Drama]] is Bunny.
** [[Series/MadMen Duck Phillips]] must've pissed somebody off to still only be a lieutenant after serving in WWII.
** And Elias was so good at being symbolically Christ-like that he followed up by ''[[TheLastTemptationOfChrist becoming Jesus]]''.
* 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 ''HotShots: Part Deux'' (along with his dad MartinSheen for ''Film/ApocalypseNow''), "I loved you in ''WallStreet''!"

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