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* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100Movies: #83
** AFIS100Years100Thrills: #72
** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #86
* 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.
* EnforcedMethodActing: This was the first film where the actors had to go through basic training similar to the real military to get them into character and act like real soldiers. Dale Dye actually approached Creator/OliverStone with the idea after being unsatisfied with the depiction of soldiers in previous war films and trained them himself. The success eventually led to him becoming the go to professional for actors' boot camps.
* 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 ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' (along with his dad Creator/MartinSheen for ''Film/ApocalypseNow''), "I loved you in ''Film/WallStreet''!"

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