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Trivia: Platoon

  • Backed by the Pentagon: Averted/Defied. The military refused to have anything to do with this film.
  • Banned in Vietnam and Malaysia: The former for having the American soldiers destroy a village. The latter for its excessive profanity and violence.
  • Deleted Scene: Here, complete with an alternate ending where Barnes lives.
  • Doing It for the Art: This movie was Oliver Stone's dream project.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: A LOT of 'em.
    • Yeah, 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.
    • Johnny Depp 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.
    • Goliath befriends the protagonist FNG. As in Pitch Black, David is part of a group under attack by a much larger force, but survives long enough to fly away to safety.
    • Living Colour frontman Corey Glover is Francis.
    • Johnny Drama is Bunny.
    • 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 becoming Jesus.
  • Star-Making Role: This is what basically launched Charlie Sheen's career, after a couple of memorable smaller roles. He lampoons his role in this movie in Hot Shots!: Part Deux (along with his dad Martin Sheen for Apocalypse Now), "I loved you in Wall Street!"

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