Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsStone, Oliver
Running Time2h
Date Released12/1986
DistributorOrion Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish, Vietnamese

This Oscar-winning war drama based on director Oliver Stone's memories of the Vietnam War portrays the conflict as chaotic, disorienting, and disillusioning. Chris Taylor drops out of college to enlist and quickly finds himself out of place in Vietnam. The enemy seems unclear to him, crystalized in a scene where arguments among members of his platoon lead them to burn a village of non-combatants. Such disagreements stem from two non-commissioned officers who have adopted two distinct strategies to survive. The young volunteer faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of men.


Charlie Sheen

Tom Berenger

Willem Dafoe

John C. McGinley

Kevin Dillon

Keith David

Mark Moses

Francesco Quinn

Forest Whitaker

Tony Todd

Richard Edson

Johnny Depp

Corey Glover

Chris Pedersen

Dale Dye 


Produced by Arnold Kopelson

Directed by Oliver Stone

Written by Oliver Stone

Cinematography by Robert Richardson

Edited by Claire Simpson

Music by Georges Delerue

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First installment of Oliver Stone's Vietnam Trilogy, followed by Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth

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