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Jessie the Sunflower Goddess
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Okay so it has been many years since I saw this film. I actually remember my best friend's mom taking us to see this when we were 12 and thinking it was a masterpiece. But I am not sure if I only thought that at the time because I was told it was a masterpiece. Isn't it funny how we remember certain movies that we see in the theater and even remember who we were with and what we were wearing. This is about the only fond memory of this one for me.

Does anyone have anything that sticks out about this film that they wish to discuss?

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The best part was when Frank Drebin and and Jane Spencer were coming out of the movie theatre laughing. Just brilliant.

Seriously though, not a masterpiece Jessie. A good war movie, sure, fine, okay, but you truly aren't remembering it wrong either. There was a lot of press for this..."the most relaistic depiction of the Vietnam War...made by a veteran...sobering...yadda, yadda, yadda...I laughed, I cried, I kissed $3 bucks goodbye..."

I think it was so very fashionable at that time to call this movie a masterpiece. Doesn't much stand up though does it? That's not me being petty either. There are two Vietname era movies that are true masterpieces as movies as well. Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. As watchable today as they were 25-30 years ago. See those two.

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Jessie, what I remember about "Platoon" was all the buzz it received and it had won like four Academy Awards...so my expectations were extremely high when I rented the video one night. Overall, a very good movie, but by no means Oscar worthy in my opinion. I agree with Earl that Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket are both excellent films.

Another movie that is long forgotten, but I kind of like from the 80's was "Casualties of War" with Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox.

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I so would have put Casualties of War Valley, but for some odd reason, watching Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket don' bother me and I just love them, but Casualties of War kind of upsets me to watch today and I am a 40 year old guy from a corn town in Illinois. I used to love Halloween movies and still do (the old ones), but it is the same reason I had to turn off H2 (Zombies sequel) the other night after less than 10 minutes. I just can't stand to watch cruelty any more...must just be getting old. [Roll Eyes]
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I will say though, it is one of the better MJ Fox and Sean Penn movies out there...it is a good one. I will just have to close my eyes for a few scenes so I don't break my TV trying to defend fictional characters. [Razz]
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I have seen pieces of Apocalypse Now and all of Full Metal Jacket, at some point. I am just not a big fan of war movies. They are all great in some aspect, you definitely have to be in the mood to watch them that is for sure.
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Loved this movie and have an interest in all Vietnam movies. Agree that Full Metal Jacket is really good also but I liked how Platoon started out in Vietnam and skipped the bootcamp. The Anderson Platoon was somewhat interesting and Hamburger Hill.
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