Ty Burr
June 15, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Platoon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
120 minutes
performer
Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Johnny Depp, Kevin Dillon, Richard Edson, Reggie Johnson, John C. McGinley, Mark Moses, David Neidorf, Francesco Quinn, Forest Whitaker
director
Oliver Stone
distributor
MGM
author
Oliver Stone
genre
War, Drama

We gave it a B+

These DVDs capture the precise moments before and after Oliver Stone became ”Oliver Stone”; as such, they are useful correctives to the myth. The little-remembered Salvador is agitprop of a passionate, scabrously comic order, with James Woods playing real-life gonzo journo Richard Boyle carousing his way through the terrors of the U.S. involvement in El Salvador. The director’s commentary offers Stone waxing semi-profound on various sociopolitical issues, but a tart making-of documentary makes the better case for what Stone calls a ”renegade” film — and the deleted scenes contain an astounding orgy-and-exposition sequence that proves how far the director was willing to push.

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