West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, experiences the manual doesn't allow coping with all realities and gets wounded. He returns, now fully respect by men and superiors. Besides the Vietcong, the platoon wrestles with the inscrutable villagers, which the G.I.'s officially protect, but also fear as some collaborate with them, other covertly with the Cong, either way subject to bloody reprisals.

  1. David L. Walker


  2. Andrew Deutsch


  3. Rick Marx


  4. Aaron Norris


Top Billed Cast

  1. Michael Dudikoff

    Michael Dudikoff

    Lt. Jeff Knight

  2. Robert F. Lyons

    Robert F. Lyons

    Sgt. Michael McNamara

  3. Michael DeLorenzo

    Michael DeLorenzo

    Raymond Bacera

  4. Jesse Dabson

    Jesse Dabson

    Joshua Parker

  5. Daniel Demorest


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Platoon Leader
Platoon Leader


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  • October 1, 1988


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 37m

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