Chris Taylor: Day by day, I struggle to maintain not only my strength but my sanity. It’s all a blur. I have no energy to write. I don’t know what’s right and what’s wrong anymore. The morale of the men is low. A civil war in the platoon. Half the men with Elias, half with Barnes. There’s a lot of suspicion and hate. I can’t believe we’re fighting each other when we should be fighting them.
Question: In what film did Clint Eastwood play a Vietnam veteran – and former P.O.W. – who is entrusted to steal a highly advanced Soviet fighter aircraft?
Last Question: What does Taylor do when he sees his first dead body in the jungle?
C. Throw Up
Answer: C. Throw Up
Taylor threw up and got in trouble for it.
Platoon is often considered one of the best war movies of all time. It was written and directed by Oliver Stone, who served in the Army himself. In September 1967, he enlisted in the Army requesting combat duty in Vietnam. He fought with the 25th Infantry Division, then with the First Cavalry Division, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster before his discharge in 1968 after 15 months.
Platoon was a semi-autobiographical film about Stone’s experience in combat. The movie won several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe were also nominated each for Best Supporting Actor as Sgt. Barnes and Sgt. Grodin, respectively. Michael Caine ended up winning in that category for his role in Hannah and Her Sisters.
Platoon was the first in what Stone calls his Vietnam Trilogy, which also includes 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July and 1993’s Heaven & Earth.