Sunday, December 23, 2007

Platoon (1986) - Vietnam War film

Charlie Sheen starred in this movie written and directed by Oliver Stone which was based on Stone's own experience as a combat infantryman in Vietnam. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1986 and which military or movie buff doesn't know this movie. 'Nuff said.

Charlie's unmistaken mug

Interesting trivia: Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen starred in Apocalypse Now (1979 film set during the Vietnam War which also won an Academy Award). It tells the story of Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard who is sent into the jungle to assassinate United States Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, who is said to have gone insane. Robert Duvall was excellent as the wild Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore leading his men, the 1st Sqn, 9th Calvary into battle with the sound of "Ride of the Valkyries" blasting out from loudspeakers on the hueys.

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