Oliver Stone’s Platoon is regarded as one of the best war films ever made and I 100% agree with that. It changed the face of war films on the cinema screen forever through its raw, honest and deeply moving portrayal of young American soldiers serving during the Vietnam war in which filmmaker Oliver Stone serves his country.
Now, Brothers in Arms: The Making of Platoon is the feature-length story of how this iconic, four-time Oscar winning film came to be, featuring new interviews with many of the actors who would go on to become major stars but who had early roles in their careers in this Oscar winning film.
Narrated by Charlie Sheen (Platoon, Wall Street), the cast and crew share stories making this non-union, low budget, independent film. They share memories of the gruelling boot camp, Oliver Stone’s unique directing style, the harsh filming conditions that forged their eternal brotherhood, and the lasting legacy of this cinematic masterpiece. But whilst many of them are sharing the stories of how tough the shoot was on them, you can tell the fondness they have for the film and the love for the films director Oliver Stone from the way they tell the stories and the expressions on their faces.
Featuring interviews with Johnny Depp (Black Mass, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Willem Dafoe (To Live and Die in LA , Murder on the Orient Express), Kevin Dillon (Entourage, Poseidon), Tom Berenger (Inception, Sniper), Keith David (They Live 21 Bridges), Tony Todd (The Flash, Candyman), John C. McGinley (Talk Radio, Scrubs) and many more, Brothers in Arms: The Making of Platoon is an excellent tribute to one of the greatest movies ever made and a film that I have watched dozens of time over the years, most recently as part of an Oliver Stone revisit festival that I held on a large projection wall in my home. The film never loses any impact and you can also tell that from the conversations that we witness in this documentary.
Whilst I have over the years ready a ton of material about the making of Platoon, (including in the new book by Oliver Stone, Chasing The Light), as well as listening to hours of commentary talk on the DVD most of those stories are from the films director so it is a nice flip side to hear from the cast and crew including those who have worked with Oliver Stone on other films, such as Charlie Sheen ( Wall Street, Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps) and John C McGinley (Any Given Sunday, Talk Radio, Born on the Fourth of July, and Nixon)
Absent from this documentary is Oliver Stone himself and whilst its not explained why, his presence is here in a wealth of behind the scenes photos
All in all Brothers in Arms is a great look at one of my favourite films of all time. Check it out.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment presents Brothers in Arms: The Making of Platoon on DVD & Digital Download from 5th October 2020