The Real Story Platoon by Smithsonian Channel

Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by ellen

The Real Story Platoon is a DVD that my husband has really been looking forward to seeing. He loves movies about wars and has always been interested in the Vietnam War because it’s so recent.

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The Real Story PlatoonThe Real Story Platoon

Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning film “Platoon” brought the true horror of the Vietnam War to the big screen. Based on Stone’s own experiences as a soldier in the conflict, the film captivated millions of viewers all over the world.

But how much of the film was real and how much was Hollywood fiction? To reveal the real story, we recreate scenes, uncover a radio transmission from the battle that inspired the movie’s climax, and interview writer/director Oliver Stone and cast member Willem Dafoe. Buy it from Amazon.

The Real Story is a series of movies by the Smithsonian Channel. It looks at the truth behind popular films like Saving Private Ryan, Scream, The Davinci Code, Live Free or Die Hard, Braveheart and many others.

The films are all works of fiction. But, did real life events inspire the movie? This makes many people wonder how much of the films are real or possible and how much is made up and really couldn’t happen.

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My thoughts:

We really enjoyed the interviews included on this DVD. There were interviews not only with Oliver Stone and Willem Dafoe but also with the people that Oliver Stone based his characters on. I loved learning more about the controversy behind this film and what specifically Oliver Stone found interesting during the film’s creation.

It’s something that I never really got out of any other documentary about the Vietnam War. I think that those who enjoy learning more about the Vietnam War would find this a really interesting perspective. History buffs will definitely want to add this DVD to their collection.

Buy it from Amazon.

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