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The Best Picture Project – Platoon (1986)

 Directed and Written by Oliver Stone

Starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe

Platoon (Special Edition)

There was a time when Charlie Sheen wasn’t a tabloid headline, when he actually seemed interested in being a dramatic actor. In fact, of his first half-dozen or so film roles, only one was comic, that being his brief appearance as the boy in the police station that Jeanie Bueller makes out with in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Similarly, there was also a time when Oliver Stone wasn’t a left-wing, crackpot, wind-bag – a thing that pains me to say, as I am a liberal –but was known as a top Hollywood screenwriter with an Oscar to his credit, for Midnight Express, and director on the come.

That time, for both, was 1986, and the movie was Platoon. Continue reading

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