December 30, 1986 |
Platoon grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drops you into the sludge of a foxhole near the Cambodian border in South Vietnam, 1967. The power - and the gory - of Oliver Stone's movie about the grunts of the 25th Infantry is that it treats its audience with the hard-hearted attitude of a platoon sergeant. Stone rubs your nose in the stench of carnage, bets you can't outflank the enemy, dares you to frag your platoon mate. Precisely because Stone forces you to experience a grunt's tunnel vision and rage, Platoon is a film of inspiring empathy and awesome force.
December 30, 1986 |
"Platoon," a drama starring Tom Berenger, William Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. Written and directed by Oliver Stone. Running time: 119 minutes. An Orion release. At area theaters. Well into "Platoon," one of the helicopters that fly through the movie like an incessant flock of buzzards takes off near the site of a just- finished battle. The wind it produces lifts a stretch of canvas off the ground, revealing several bloody, muddy and dead bodies. I imagine that Oliver Stone, the film's writer and director, sees "Platoon" as working much like that copter: as a cleansing wind that blows away the mythologizing, ideology and willful forgetfulness that have kept us from looking at Vietnam straight on, the way it was. "Platoon" is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking.
May 7, 1987 |
Auditor General Don Bailey's foray into the field of movie criticism this week may have ushered in a new sideline for state officials. Bailey lit into the film "Platoon" at a full-blown press conference Tuesday, giving it a no-star rating and not even recommending parental guidance for the way it depicts U.S. servicemen in Vietnam. And yesterday, state Rep. Allen Kukovich stuck his tongue in his cheek and announced that he might convene a press conference soon to blast the movie "Police Academy 4" for the way it depicts cops.
June 9, 1989 |
When you take the long-range view of the Phillies, reducing 24-year-old Ricky Jordan to a platoon player to give more at-bats to 34-year-old Dwayne Murphy might not seem like quite the thing to do. Long-range views, however, are for reporters and general managers. Managers have to think in more immediate terms, if they want to keep their jobs. "We're in a position where I have to start trying to win some games any way I can," Phils manager Nick Leyva said before last night's incredible 15-11 victory over the Pirates.
July 26, 1989 |
Four months ago, he might have been the Phillies' brightest young star. But times have changed. And now Ricky Jordan is about to become just a platoon player. Manager Nick Leyva said last night that he would begin platooning Jordan and John Kruk at first base when Kruk comes off the disabled list this weekend. In Kruk's absence, Jordan has had a three-week run as the everyday cleanup hitter. But although he has hit for average (.272), he hasn't given Leyva either the production (33 RBIs in 287 at-bats)
April 14, 2001 |
The Phillies are Rico Brogna's worst nightmare. Not because he lost his starting job after he returned from a lengthy stint on the disabled list last season. All has been forgiven as far as that incident is concerned. The nightmare for Brogna is that the Phillies have three lefthanded starters and he is stuck in a platoon situation with the Atlanta Braves. Because the Phillies started lefty Randy Wolf last night and will start lefty Omar Daal tonight, Brogna must wait until tomorrow before getting his first start against his former team.
January 2, 1988 |
The good news is that the video version of "Platoon" will eventually arrive in stores. The bad news is, we still don't know when. Here's the bottom line: Vestron Video, which originally had video rights to the Vietnam war epic, is attempting to win them back from HBO Video, which had snatched them away in a contract squabble. (And another hearing is set in Los Angeles.) Although Vestron appears to be making ground, even with a victory it could be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months before "Platoon" hits the shelves.
August 15, 1987 |
There will be no cheap Platoon - not at first, anyway. The rumors that HBO might price the home video of the Oscar-winning Vietnam War movie at $30 turned out to be way off base. The retail price of the cassette, scheduled for Oct. 14 release, will be a whopping $99.95, $10 more than current higher-priced cassettes. Collectors, who usually buy when the price has dropped to $30 or less, will have to wait at least until next summer to purchase this one, after Platoon has passed its rental peak.
January 15, 1987 |
Late last month, on the night the film "Platoon" opened in six American cities, groups of Vietnam veterans, some of them wearing combat fatigues, gathered outside the theaters where it was about to be shown. The grapevine had told them that this was the first film about Vietnam made by a Vietnam veteran - Oliver Stone, "Platoon's" director and screenwriter - and they wanted to be there. The scene has been repeated many times since then, in cities all around the country. "Every vet I know has seen the film, a lot of them more than once," said Dennis Fink, president of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
April 1, 1987 |
A company has gone to court to force the release of Platoon and Hoosiers prints so that the production of videocassettes can begin. Vestron Inc., seeking the movies' prints immediately, filed for the order Monday in California Superior Court for Los Angeles County against Hemdale Film Corp. and Hemdale Video Corp., contending that the companies violated Vestron's exclusive agreement for the rights to video release, a Vestron spokeswoman said. But Superior Court Judge Ricardo Torres said he did not believe that Vestron would suffer irrreparable harm by waiting until April 16 for a hearing on a preliminary injunction.