R | | Drama, War
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
28 April 2004 | Mark Davies (email@example.com)
Perfection... or as close to it as we're ever likely to see
Its hard to know where to start with such a breathtaking film. Oliver Stone's Platoon is quite simply the best Vietnam...
Drawn from Oliver Stone's own personal experiences as an Army combat infantryman in Vietnam. He wrote it quickly upon his return from action, and partly to counter the false depiction of war he had seen in John Wayne's The Green Berets (1968).
Oh, man. Is that what I think it is?
Sergeant: All right, you cheese-dicks, welcome to the Nam. Follow me!
In the attack on the camp, we see two NVA/VC soldiers acting as suicide bombers (one falls and explodes, the other makes it into the communication bunker before blowing up). In the script, these two men are identified as sappers. NVA and VC Sappers were specially trained combat engineers/reconnaissance commandos who used stealth to infiltrate a camp's defenses and take out strategic targets, such as barbed wire obstacles or bunkers, with explosives before the main attack. Although there were indeed reports of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops using suicide bombers during the war, sappers were never used as suicide bombers because they were considered too valuable to expend.
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