Dave's Next 50
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, John C. McGinley, Johnny Depp
Release Date: Dec. 19, 1986
Running Time: 120 min
Genres: Action, Drama, War
During the next few days, the unit suffers some heavy casualties as the enemy plants a booby trap which kills two soldiers and they find another one tied to a post and mutilated. Several angry soldiers in the unit take out their hostilities on the civilians of a nearby village, murdering and torturing several of them. The platoon then burns the village and leaves. Chris stops the gang rape of a teenage girl.
Most of the rest of the film centers around Chris' struggle over which of Sgt. Elias (DaFoe) and Staff Sgt. Barnes (Berenger) to be loyal to. Barnes had killed a woman while interrogating her husband during the village burning, and those who participated in the burning are loyal to him, as Chris was at first. But Elias was against the village burning and Barnes supporters are talking of secretly killing (fragging) him so he won't talk. Chris' loyalty was at first with Barnes but by the middle of the film it starts turning toward Elias. Barnes ends up killing Elias when he's trapped with three of his men.
A North Vietnamese Army (NVA) infantry regiment ends up killing nearly the entire platoon. Eventually Chris becomes very dissilusioned by the war, wondering who the true enemy is. He finds and wounds Barnes with an enemy AK-47 rifle he picked up. Shortly thereafter he kills him. Eventually Chris is reunited with Francis, a fellow soldier, and the two are airlifted out of the battlefield and sent home, both severely traumatized by their experiences.
Here's the original movie trailer.
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