A grunt's view of the Vietnam War is provided in all its horrific, inexplicable detail. Sheen is wooden in the lead, but both Dafoe and Berenger are resplendent as, respectively, good and bad soldiers. Strong, visceral filmmaking from fearless director Stone, who based the film on his own GI experiences. Highly acclaimed; considered by many to be the most realistic portrayal of the war on film.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.
Oscars 1986: Director (Stone), Film Editing, Picture, Sound; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1987: Director (Stone); Directors Guild 1986: Director (Stone); Golden Globes 1987: Director (Stone), Film--Drama, Support. Actor (Berenger); Ind. Spirit 1987: Cinematog., Director (Stone), Film, Screenplay.
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