Platoon (1986)

Platoon Quote: “I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves, and the enemy was in us.” – Chris Taylor

Oliver Stone gave the ’80s and ’90s some of their greatest films, so it’s about time Shat The Movie dove into his catalog. And what better introductory film than “Platoon,” a movie that combined Stone’s artistry and military experience in a brilliant reflection on the Vietnam War.

In this episode, Big D and Ash review the movie and the war through personal tales and family history. Gene digs into the social and racial aspects of the conflict, and the Shat Crew celebrates a knockout cast at its best.

Other topics include the definition of masculinity, how to tell combat veterans from glory thieves, and why “Forrest Gump” is overrated.

Plot Summary: “Platoon” Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) leaves his university studies to enlist in combat duty in Vietnam in 1967. Once he’s on the ground in the middle of battle, his idealism fades. Infighting in his unit between Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), who believes nearby villagers are harboring Viet Cong soldiers, and Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), who has a more sympathetic view of the locals, ends up pitting the soldiers against each other as well as against the enemy.

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  1. Sounds like you have all been so busy, thank you Gene for uploading this podcast today. Really looking forward to this one!

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